Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness involves planning and preparing for unexpected events that could pose a threat to health, safety, or property, such as natural disasters, pandemics, or other emergencies. Being prepared can significantly reduce the risks and impacts associated with such events.


  • Safety and Survival: Increases the chances of safety and survival during an emergency.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you are prepared can reduce anxiety and stress about potential disasters.
  • Community Resilience: Prepared communities can recover more quickly from emergencies.
  • Resource Management: Helps ensure that essential resources, like food and water, are available during crises.

Best Age to Start

Families can start teaching children about emergency preparedness concepts around the age of 7 or 8, with more detailed planning and involvement in preparations appropriate for older children and teenagers.


  • Websites: ( offers comprehensive guides on preparing for various emergencies.
  • Apps: The Red Cross offers several emergency preparedness apps for different disasters.
  • Books: “The Disaster Survival Guide: How to Prepare For and Survive Floods, Fires, Earthquakes and More” by Marie D. Jones (available on Amazon) covers a broad range of preparedness topics.

Equipment and Costs

  • Emergency Kit: Basic supplies for one person can cost around $70-$100, including food, water, and first aid supplies.
  • Flashlights and Batteries: $10-$30.
  • Water Filters/Purifiers: $20-$100 for portable options.
  • First Aid Kit: $15-$50, depending on size and contents.

Starting Tips

  • Identify the types of emergencies most likely to occur in your area and plan accordingly.
  • Create an emergency plan that includes evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and meeting points.
  • Regularly update and practice your emergency plan with all family members.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Review and update emergency plans and kits at least once a year. Conduct emergency drills (e.g., fire, earthquake) every 6 months.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Assemble and maintain an updated emergency supply kit.
  • Develop and practice a comprehensive emergency plan covering various scenarios.
  • Take CPR and first aid training courses.

Notable Figures in Emergency Preparedness

  • FEMA Administrators, past and present, play key roles in promoting national emergency preparedness and response strategies.
  • Local emergency management officials and first responders are also critical in emergency preparedness education and community safety initiatives.

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