The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the more recent loss of life and property in Hurricanes
Rita and Katrina have renewed the public’s focus on the need for disaster preparedness. While the debate rages
about the role of government - at all levels - in preparedness for and recovery from tragedies such as these, it’s
the citizens and communities most directly affected whose role is pivotal.
Therefore, preparedness must be a part of citizens’ daily lives and, as such, can be something
that will improve their neighborhoods and communities in the process. Together, they can unite for a stronger
community - and a stronger America. By making sure they are better prepared at home, in their schools, in their
places of worships, and in their businesses and factories, citizens can do much to minimize loss of life and ensure
that their community survives a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.
Natural disasters can frequently be predicted so that people have some time to prepare. But
criminals and terrorists strike without warning, making it essential to have in place well-planned responses to
Downloadable Resources on Disaster Preparedness