Why Prepare?

The vulnerability of Baltimore’s residents and property owners to the impacts of potential natural hazards can be reduced. How? First, be informed! Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency, and know how to receive and interpret Baltimore’s emergency warning system alerts.

MYTH: I don’t need to worry about disasters where I live.

FACT: Emergency preparedness is not only for people living in “tornado alley,” the ring of fire, or earthquake states. Regardless of their location, most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime.

Natural disasters—such as floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and windstorms—affect thousands of people every year. You should know what your risks are and prepare to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself and others will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid in recovery after an event.

You should be prepared, generally, for any hazard; but also know how to react to many different hazards. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected (such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan) are the same for all types of hazards. However, each emergency is unique and knowing the correct actions to take for each threat will impact the specific decisions and preparations you make. By learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react in any emergency.

Be sure to visit some of the resources below and visit the GET PREPARED section of this website to learn more!

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