Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home

Training Overview

Much effort goes into emergency preparedness at the federal, state and local levels of government in the United States. In addition to governmental preparedness, it is important for individuals and families to prepare for emergencies on a personal level. Individuals and families should assess their own levels of preparedness and take steps to create an emergency plan. This includes assembling and maintaining an emergency kit that contains essential supplies that are necessary for the household to manage on their own during an emergency. This training provides emergency preparedness recommendations and tools for individuals and families. This training also provides guidance for local boards of health (LBOH) as they work to educate their constituents.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define personal preparedness according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Describe two important tools for preparedness – emergency kits and plans
  • Identify three ways to overcome barriers to planning for emergencies and disasters
  • Summarize two groups that can assist Individuals with Access and Functional Needs (IAFN) in preparedness

Subject Matter Expert

  • Kerry Dunnell
    Assistant Director of Practice Programs
    Boston University School of Public Health


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.