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The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response breaks public health Emergencies into:

Bioterrorism Emergencies
  Anthrax, Plague, Q fever, Tularemia, ...
Chemical Emergencies
  Chlorine Nerve Agents Ricin Toxic Alcohols, ...
Radiation Emergencies
  Acute Radiation Syndrome Dirty Bombs Nuclear Blast Polonium, ...
Mass Casualties
  Burns Explosions/blasts Injuries Preparedness Tools, ...
Natural Disasters & Severe Weather
  Hurricanes Floods Tornadoes Wildfires, ...
Disease Outbreaks
  XDR Tuberculosis Acanthamoeba Infection Avian Flu E. coli, ...

Basic Steps:
Assess Your Risk
Assemble a home survival kit:
  • 2 body/hand warmers/person
  • ponchos
  • 2 light sticks/person
  • 1 flashlights with batteries/person
  • 1 AM/FM radio with batteries
  • 2 storage cylinders
  • 1 multi-function knife
  • 1 box of waterproof matches
  • 1 two-gallon collapsible water jug
  • 2 dust masks
  • 1 pair leather palm gloves
  • 1 5' x 7' tarpaulin
  • 1 50-foot rope
  • 1 pry bar

  • One gallon of wate/person/day
    (20 emergency drinking water pouches)
  • Enough food for three days
  • Extra set of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
    and/or emergency survival blankets
  • First aid kit
  • 2 Whistles
  • Items for entertainment: deck of cards, books, etc.
  • Hygiene pack (pocket tissue packets, towelette wipes, bio-hazard waste bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • First aid pack (compress, dressings/pads, bandages, first aid guide, gloves, scissors, tweezers, aspirin, antibiotic ointments, first aid tape, finger splints, and more)
  • Three-day supply of needed prescription medications, including eyeglasses for each family member
  • Extra supplies for special needs family members, like infants (diapers, etc.), and older adults (hearing aid, cane, etc.)
See Also: Smoke Escape Hoods
Source: King Co., WA - Safe at Home


Federal Government and National Orgs:
Emergency Preparedness & Response at the CDC
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Emergency Preparedness And Response at OSHA
Public Health Preparedness at the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Disaster Preparedness at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
American Red Cross

State and Local Government:
New York State Emergency Preparedness and Response
California Office of Emergency Services
Emergency Contacts in the Lake Tahoe Area.
Preparedness Information and Resources at King County Washington
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Somerset Co., NJ - Emergency - Preparedness
  and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Death Toll from Disasters, War & Accidents

last updated 11 June 2009