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Emergencies and Disasters

Photo: Homes damaged by disastersParts of the United States are at risk for certain types of natural disasters that can cause injuries and deaths. These disasters include heat waves, winter storms, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, floods, and wildfires. People can take steps to reduce their risk for harm.

Take action before disasters occur. Planning is important. Learn ways to cope with the emotional and physical effects of disasters before they occur. Good planning can help protect the health and safety of people with special needs. Plan for the safety of pets.

Homes can be designed and built with materials that can minimize damage from a disaster. Homes built and remodeled according to modern building codes can suffer less damage due to disasters.

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