Are You Ready?

Disasters disrupt thousands of communities every year, leaving behind lasting effects on lives and property. After a disaster, local first responders and other assistance may be unable to reach people right away.

Are You Ready? empowers individuals and communities by providing detailed information on how best to prepare your family and community for disasters. The guide includes best practices to inform preparedness decisions about specific disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and active shooters.

FEMA developed Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness - to help individuals and communities take simple steps to prepare before an emergency. This publication is currently available for download in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Visit the Red Cross for information on specific types of emergencies, such as: Visit FEMA's for addition information on emergencies, such as:
  • Chemical Emergency
  • Drought Preparedness
  • Earthquake
  • Home Fire
  • Flood
  • Flu
  • Food Safety
  • Heat Wave
  • Highway Safety
  • Hurricane
  • Landslide
  • Pet Safety
  • Poisoning
  • Power Outage
  • Terrorism
  • Thunderstorm
  • Tornado
  • Tsunami
  • Volcano
  • Water Safety
  • Wildfire
  • Winter Storm



  • Earthquakes
  • Extreme Heat
  • Floods
  • Home Fires
  • Hurricanes
  • Landslides & Debris Flow
  • Severe Weather
  • Space Weather
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires
  • Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
  • Biological Threats
  • Chemical Threats
  • Cyber Attack
  • Explosions
  • Nuclear Blast
  • Radiological Dispersion Device


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