Individuals, households, businesses and other organizations can prepare for emergency situations by assembling emergency supplies (e.g., water, food, temporary shelter) and practicing skills (e.g., culture camps and camping outside) that will help make us more effective and less panicked in a real emergency.

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A community can complete a Small Community Emergency Response Plan (SCERP), which provides a quick reference of who to call upon in the event of an emergency situation. Communities can also obtain grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare Hazard Impact Assessments to identify and prepare for likely threats to their safety, as well as Hazard Mitigation Plans that can fund improved essential community infrastructure after a disaster.