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Individuals and Communities

Individuals and communities can work together to improve preparedness and respond to disasters and emergencies. Get involved in your community today, to help build capacity and plan for the unexpected.

To build a culture of preparedness it’s important to work with the whole community, including:

  • Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments
  • Non-governmental partners from all sectors
  • Neighborhood-based community groups
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Youth, children, daycares
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Learn more about what to do before, during and after a disaster by visiting

Prepare for Disasters

Youth Preparedness Council

The Youth Preparedness Council brings together young leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities. 

Children and Emergency Planning

Youth make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population. Including youth in emergency management is an essential part of engaging the whole community.

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Learn how engage children in preparedness with Ready Kids.

Faith-Based Community Preparedness

Learn how to prepare houses of worship for various hazards, ensuring the safety and security of congregations, staff and facilities.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT program teaches local volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and get trained on basic disaster response skills. Join a local CERT program today.

Preparedness Research

Find the latest results from the National Household Survey and learn about types of preparedness research that help individuals and communities prepare for, protect against and respond to disasters.

Training and Education

Discover different opportunities to get trained on emergency preparedness and response topics, including how to prepare community-based organizations for disasters and how to save lives by taking fast and simple actions.


Watch recordings of webinars that focus on topics impacting individual and community preparedness.


Participate in a series of ‘What would you do?’ scenarios to assess your level of preparedness.