Numerous national, state, county, and city agencies have been set up to help Americans prepare for and deal with disasters. Check your local office of emergency management for information specific to your area.
This Web site offers information on putting together an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, and making a business emergency plan. It describes the different types of emergencies that could occur and appropriate responses to them. It also has contact information and links to state and local emergency management and homeland security offices.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
This Web site offers information on planning for and responding to disasters, as well as on applying for disaster assistance and filing insurance claims afterward.
To take an active role in making your community better prepared to respond to disaster, consider joining a Citizen Corps Council. This Web site has information on the program and contact information for local councils.