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Emergency preparedness

Emergency preparedness

In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or days. You and members of your community need to be prepared ahead of time.

Most disasters are natural disasters, the result of some force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning. Some disasters are the cause of human actions, intentional or unintentional. A disaster plan will help with safety, security, and comfort. Regardless of the type of disaster, there are things you can do to prepare.

For consumers: NFPA offers a host of free tips and resources to help communities better prepare for a disaster.



From the NFPA Today blog

President Jim Pauley affirms NFPA support to communities, first responders in Texas and Florida as they engage in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.


The following NFPA codes and standards, available in English and Spanish, apply to emergency preparedness topics:

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