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Preparing for an Emergency

Emergency Resources 

  • Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
    This publication is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It provides facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.

  • Emergency Preparedness Checklists and Worksheets
    Are you ready for a tornado? Hurricane? Heat wave? Download the checklists and brochures that you need to prepare your family and your neighborhood.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Online Library
    Browse materials, publications, maps, photographs, audio clips and video clips related to disasters, emergencies; learn the steps you should take before disaster strikes.

  • Weather Alert Radios
    Hazard alert radios, recently updated to provide specific area information to the public and private sector, have greatly enhanced our ability to be ready for weather related events and some civil emergencies.

  • The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) communicates information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs and the private sector.  It recognizes that Americans share responsibility for the nation's security.  We should be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and know what we should do.

  • A Citizen's Guide to Terrorism Preparedness (PDF)
    What is terrorism and what are your chances of becoming a victim? Learn ways to prepare for terrorism incidents and appropriate responses should an incident occur.

Free Emergency Preparedness Presentations

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers free presentations for community groups interested in learning more about the steps individuals can take to become prepared for natural or domestic emergencies.  Each Emergency Preparedness Presentation includes:

  • A basic overview of natural and man-made disasters that includes hazardous weather and potential threats from hazardous materials, transportation accidents, fire and explosion, and dam failure; an overview of our emergency management agencies and their role in providing support during disaster situations.
  • Detailed information regarding sheltering in place, evacuating, preparing a family communication plan, items to include in a disaster supply kit, designating a family meeting place, and the importance of having a school communication plan.
  • An overview of the Homeland Security Advisory System.

For further information, contact Margie Brassil, 410-887-2715,

Revised June 23, 2011

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