Natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and windstorms affect thousands of people every year. You should know what your risks are and prepare to protect yourself, your family, and community.
Recognizing an impending hazard, and knowing what to do to protect yourself and your family, will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan, are the same for all types of hazards. However, each emergency is unique and knowing the actions to take for each threat will impact the specific decisions and preparations you make. By learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency.