Community Preparedness

CMC Decontamination TentCommunity resiliency starts with effective preparedness. This means that everyone in the community is ready to respond and recover from any disaster that could affect them. FEMA and emergency managers across the country have embraced the Whole Community approach to disaster preparedness. This includes coordinating with public health and healthcare organizations to ensure that the response across disciplines is coordinated. By doing this, the health and medical community are increasingly planning in coordination with other agencies such as emergency management, first responders, etc. This method ensures that everyone in the community is ready to act in the event a disaster occurs and is able to recover quickly after the event.

Community preparedness relies on the ability to develop informed, empowered, and resilient healthcare systems and residents. With adequate information, resources, and tools, communities are better prepared to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond, rebound, recover, and adapt to disaster occurrences. Becoming more prepared in case of an emergency is easier than you might think. Whether it’s your home, your neighborhood, your place of business, or your school, you can take a few simple steps to prepare your community. These toolkits give you the basics for getting started:


Active Shooter Tool Kit:

  • Active Shooter: How to Respond Resource Materials (active_shooter_poster_508.pdf) (active-shooter-poster-spanish_508)
  • DHS has developed a series of materials to assist businesses, government offices, and schools in preparing for and responding to an active shooter. These products include a desk reference guide, a reference poster, and a pocket-size reference card. Issues covered in the active shooter materials include the following:

Lou Lelland working with NurseFEMA checklist:
Download 2014 Checklist (PDF)

Commuter Emergency Management:
Download Commuter Emergency Plan

Red Cross information:
Download People with Disabilities
Download Seniors Be Prepared
Download Pet Safety
Download Be Red Cross Ready