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Everybody Ready: How to Prepare for Public Health Emergencies

NPM 2010

Emergencies can happen at any time, and can be large or small.

Public health emergencies are natural or man-made disasters that can make many people sick or die.

These are examples of some possible public health emergencies:

  • Fires
  • Winter Weather Events
  • Hurricanes and Flooding
  • Chemical Spills
  • Power Outages
  • Gas Leaks
  • Heat Emergencies
  • Radiation
  • Earthquakes
  • Pandemics
  • Tornados
  • Terrorism

People who are prepared for emergencies feel more confident and “in control.” The Everybody Ready 3.0 Handbook is a tool that can help you plan for emergencies before they happen.

The handbook covers the following topics:

  • Who Should Use This Handbook
    • Vulnerable Populations
    • Access and Functional Needs
    • Support Network

  • Plan for Emergencies
    • What to do in large-scale emergencies
    • Emergencies that can happen in our area

  • Plan to Evacuate
    • Steps to take
    • Evacuation kit checklist

  • Plan to Shelter In Place
    • Steps to take
    • Shelter-in-place checklist

  • Plan for Public Health Emergencies
    • Steps to take
    • Social distancing
    • PODs (Points of Dispensing)
    • POD checklist

  • Plan for your Pets / Service Animals
    • Things to consider
    • Animal care items checklist

  • Plan for Your Agency
    • Steps to take
    • Workplace preparedness considerations

  • Help with Response
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Training resources

  • After an Emergency
    • Steps to take following a disaster
    • Recovery resources checklist

  • Public Alert Systems & Information
    • Local preparedness best practices

  • Know Your Local Preparedness Resources
    • Contact information for county emergency management agencies
    • Contact information for county health departments

  • Health Information Cards
    • Two copies of foldable health information card

  • Acknowledgments
    • Handbook development contributors