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Personal Health Preparedness

A large-scale public health emergency like a hurricane and/or a lengthy power outage can limit your access to supplies and services for several days, weeks, or even months. Still, nearly half do not have an emergency kit for their home. Be prepared with food and safe water, basic supplies, and the personal items you need to protect your health in an emergency.

Personal Needs


Gather enough food, water, and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours.



Prepare a 7 to 10-day supply of prescription medications.

Are you resilient?

A person’s “resilience” is their ability to bounce back from a difficult or life-changing event—like the diagnosis of chronic disease or the impacts of a natural disaster. People are more resilient and better able to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity when they make healthy choices, including the decision to prepare for different types of emergencies. Communities are more resilient when their citizens are prepared.



Collect and protect important documents and medical records.

Power Sources

Power Sources

Prepare for a power outage with backup power sources and manual equipment.

Practical Skills


Learn life-saving skills, such as CPR, to use until help arrives.