Emergency Preparedness And Disaster Preparedness

1329 WordsApr 23, 20166 Pages
Emergency Preparedness is known to be the discipline of dealing with and avoiding both natural and man-made disasters. It involves mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters and public health threats. Emergency preparedness requires a partnership among all levels of government (local, State, and Federal) and the private sector (business and industry, voluntary organizations, and the public). Successful preparedness requires detailed planning and cooperation among each sector1. Emergency preparedness ranges from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developing a plan to mitigate natural disasters to the individual ensuring their car has plenty of fuel for a possible evacuation. What is emergency preparedness Emergency preparedness refers to the steps you take to ensure your safety before, during and after an emergency. These steps are important for your safety in both natural disasters and man-made disasters. Americans have become more aware of emergencies, since the event of September 11, 2001. Despite guidelines from government organizations and community based services like the American Red Cross, only forty-two percent of Americans have created a personal emergency kit1. What can you do Many people are concerned about the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak. There are steps that will help you prepare for an emergency and also cope if an
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