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Prepare Your Health

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There are many reasons to prepare your health for an emergency. They start with your family and friends and extend to your neighbors and community at large. But most Americans do not have supplies set aside or plans in place to protect themselves or their family’s health and safety in the event of a natural disaster, a power outage, or a flu pandemic.

The good news is that it is never too late to prepare for a public health emergency. You can take actions, make healthy choices, and download free resources to help you prepare for, adapt to, and cope with adversity.

Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies then share what you’ve learned with others to help build more resilient communities.

Flu Pandemic

If a new flu virus emerges that spreads rapidly from person to person worldwide, causing a flu pandemic, a vaccine may not be immediately available. This makes planning and working together as a community even more important. Community nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as social distancing and temporary school closures—while difficult to plan and carry out—can help a community protect the public’s health. To ensure the greatest impact, CDC recommends that communities incorporate a combination of personal NPIs, community NPIs, and environmental NPIs into their pandemic flu plans. Learn more:

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Personal Health Preparedness

Be prepared to protect your health until help arrives.

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Have a strategy for staying informed, healthy, and in contact.

Working together


Team up with neighbors to help build community health resilience.