Infographic: The Power of Preparedness

Download Infographic PDFCdc-pdf

Preparedness Month 2016 Infographic

Infographic Details

The Power of Preparedness
National Preparedness Month 2016


Prepare Globally

  • The world has come together to better prevent, detect, and respond to health threats.
  • About 2/3 of the world remains unprepared to handle a public health emergency.1


Prepare to Respond

  • Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) bring experts together to make decisions quickly in emergencies.
  • The CDC EOC has been activated more than 90% of the time in the last 7 years.2


Prepare Locally

  • Preparing today can reduce the impact of future disasters.
  • Nearly 2000 U.S. emergency responders have been trained in how to get critical medicines through the Strategic National Stockpile3


Prepare Together

  • In times of crisis communities have to help one another.
  • Only 34% of people reported having volunteered to help during a disaster.4


Prepare Yourself

  • Plan for what to do in an emergency.
  • Over 60% of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household.4

  1. Katz R, Dowell SF. (2015). Revising the International Health Regulations: call for a 2017 review conference.External The Lancet Global Health, 3(7), e352-e353.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC): Fast Facts.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016).  Public Health Preparedness: 2016 National Snapshot.
  4. Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2014). Preparedness in America: Research Insights to Increase Individual, Organizational, and Community Action.Cdc-pdfExternal
Page last reviewed: August 30, 2016