Nebraska DHHS Emergency Preparedness

Personal Disaster Planning

Downloadable Poster

A quick poster guide to dealing with biological, chemical and 'dirty bomb' attacks.

Tornados…Terrorism…Fires…Floods…You can’t stop emergencies and disasters from happening. But you can become better prepared to handle them when they do.

Events like the Oklahoma City bombing, Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina have taught us that large-scale disasters can overwhelm resources at every level, extending the time it takes for help to arrive. We need to learn from our past, and remember that it’s important for people to plan ahead and get involved.

Emergency Preparedness Starts with You

We must be ready to take care of ourselves, our families and our neighbors. We need to prepare to go it alone for at least a few days if we have to, until more help arrives. One good thing about being prepared for one emergency is that it helps you prepare for all kinds including natural disasters and terrorism. Looking for a good place to start?   

Here are three things you can do right now:

  1. Talk with your family about emergencies, and make a plan. Think about things like who you would contact during an emergency and how would you reach them.  
  2. Make an emergency supply kit. What supplies would you need? Clothes, TV or radio, flashlights, first aid supplies . . . Remember food and water.
  3. Be informed. Listen and learn about what to do during an emergency.

Taking these three steps will make you and your family better prepared. It’s one of the best things you can do.

For more information on emergency planning and preparedness, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s personal readiness web site at and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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