Prepare for Emergencies
Emergencies can occur at any time and usually without warning. Multiple studies have demonstrated that if people proactively receive training before a disaster they can minimize fatalities, injuries and property damage. Experience has shown that a well thought out, coordinated response with an emphasis on safety, can help people handle emergencies with an appropriate plan and save lives.
When you consider that 91% of Americans live in places at moderate to high risk of natural disaster or terrorism, don’t make the mistake of thinking that disasters won’t strike your community. Building resilient communities requires actions to be taken before a disaster occurs.
- Click Here to Preview the Current Disaster Declarations in your State.
Core Capabilities List
The National Preparedness Goal core capabilities list describes community resilience as the ability to “lead the integrated effort to recognize, understand, communicate, plan, and address risks so that the community can develop a set of actions to accomplish Mitigation and improve resilience.”
Training & Resources
Hard economic times make it difficult for emergency services organizations around the country to find quality instruction and training, especially in rural areas or small departments. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) offers all-hazards training both online and on site for first responders completely tuition-free.
- Northwest Healthcare Response Network Training & Exercises
- Department of Homeland Security State and Local Law Enforcement Resource Catalog
- Office of Intelligence and Analysis
- University of Washington Training Resources
- Download the Wildfire Preparedness Guide
National Incident Management System
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment.