Take Action

Don’t wait for a disaster to happen, take the initiative to prepare. Use the time before and between events wisely—to improve your ability and create the wherewithal (e.g., the supplies, the skills, and the self-confidence) to maintain and protect your family’s health in response to a public health emergency.

Public health emergencies and major disasters can have widespread and long-lasting impacts on supplies, services, and the public health and healthcare systems. When access to and the availability of resources is limited, it is important to have the personal needs, prescriptions, paperwork, power sources, and practical skills you need to respond.

PERSONAL NEEDS
PERSONAL NEEDS

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

Power Sources
POWER SOURCES

Prepare for power outages with backup power sources.

PRESCRIPTIONS
PRESCRIPTIONS

Prepare your prescription medications for an emergency.

PRACTICAL SKILLS
PRACTICAL SKILLS

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

PAPERWORK
PAPERWORK

Collect and protect important documents and medical records.

CDC Digital Media Toolkit

The CDC Digital Media Toolkit: Personal Health Preparedness includes sample social media messages; graphics formatted for use on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; copy and paste blog posts and newsletter blurbs; and additional resources related. Save individual graphics and messages or download the entire toolkit for later use.

Page last reviewed: April 13, 2020, 02:40 PM