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​Disaster Preparedness

Be Prepared for a Disaster with Ready.Gov 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Being prepared for a disaster is as easy as 1,2,3. 1. Get a Kit 2. Make a Plan 3. Be Informed. Found out information on how to be prepared for your family, your pets and your business at

Emergency Preparedness and Response

United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA agencies provide information and services for emergency preparedness and response. Along with Farm and Ranch Emergency Programs, USDA also provides assistance to Rural Homes, Businesses, Community Facilities and Infrastructure.

National Hurricane Preparedness

National Hurricane Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

National Hurricane Center information for Hurricane Preparedness Preparedness.


USDHS. Federal Emergency Management Agency. National Flood Insurance Program.

"Floods and flash floods happen in all 50 states.." Homeowner's insurance doesn't pay for the cost to recover from a flood, National Flood Insurance does. For information contact the National Flood Insurance Program: Call toll free: 1-888-379-9531

Animal Emergency and Disaster Planning Information

U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Information and resources to assist companion, farm, research and zoo animals.

Disaster Assistance

Emergency & Disaster Assistance

DHS. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Get your disaster assistance all in one spot. For additional information and preparation information check here

Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes and How to Ask a Question (PDF | 2.04 MB)

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

This Resource is a PDF File.  "FSIS’ YouTube video “Food Safety During Power Outages” also has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. FSIS Twitter feed @USDAFoodSafety. To get tweets about  weather-related food safety issues affecting just your state, follow @XX_FSISAlert, replacing XX with your state or territory’s postal abbreviation. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or on your smartphone.  The live chat option and the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), are available in English and Spanish from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday".

Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps..."

American Red Cross Assists in Disasters

American Red Cross.

"Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions."

Home and Community Disaster Recovery Assistance

Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD can provide critical housing and community development resources to aid disaster recovery. HUD's Disaster Recovery Teams are located in offices throughout the country.

Small Business Disaster Assistance

Small Business Administration.

Provides various types assistance for businesses of all sizes in preparing for emergencies and in the event of a disaster.

Office of National Response: Programs for Labor Related Assistance

Department of Labor. Employment and Training Administration. Office of National Response.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United states.