Category: preparedness

Prep Your Health to Evacuate

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June is a busy time of year for emergency preparedness and response. June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s also wildfire season. Hurricanes and wildfires are common causes of evacuations. Both are happening more often and with greater intensity.(1) Annual increases in the number of strong hurricanes and large wildfires likely mean Read More >

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Building Trauma-Informed Communities

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Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Often unexpected and shocking, it may overwhelm their ability to cope and create a lasting sense of fear, vulnerability, and helplessness. Traumatic events are scary or dangerous experiences that can affect people emotionally and physically. They include acts of violence (e.g., assault, Read More >

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Prep Your Health with Advance Care Planning

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April is National Donate Life Month. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Emergencies, including personal injury and illness, are often unpredictable. That unpredictability is both a reason to prepare and something to prepare for. Plan Ahead for Personal Health Emergencies Many people face decisions about treatments that a medical emergency might leave them incapable Read More >

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Good Cents: Prep Your Finances for Emergencies

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This post was written in collaboration with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in observance of National Financial Capability Month. Emergencies—especially when multiple occur at the same time—can test your ability to financially respond and recover. For example, getting back to “normal” after a flood during a pandemic takes financial resources that many people may not Read More >

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Creating a Nutritious Emergency Food Supply

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March is National Nutrition Month. There are several things to think about when picking food to include in your emergency food supplies. They include: Shelf life. Shop for nonperishable items Foods that don’t require cooking, water, or special preparation are best. Does your family have food allergies or other special dietary needs? How much do Read More >

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Prep Your Health for Floods

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March 14–20 is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Floods are the most widespread of all weather-related natural disasters. They happen in every U.S. state and territory.(1) Here are some ways you can prepare for and respond to flooding. Know Your Risk Flooding can happen year-round anywhere it rains.(1) If you live in a flood-prone area, you Read More >

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