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Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Be "Wise & Ready"
Community preparedness is the ability of communities to prepare for, withstand, and recover - in both short and long terms - from disasters, and emergency incidents that impact the health of the public. This includes the engagement and participation in preparedness activities that works to build shared capabilities across the whole community. For Schools this means children and families, teachers and administrators. Promoting awareness on how to prevent, respond to, and recover from a public health incident that may occur in your community or involve impacts from incidents that may have occurred in distant communities.
This resource page will help you be better prepared for an emergency, promote an awareness of and access to medical and mental/behavioral health to protect the community's health and address functional and access needs.
Before a disaster strikes prepare together as a school as a community to be "Wise and Ready".
The family plays a key role in helping schools and communities prepare for emergencies. Family preparedness includes young children and teens to be part of the process.
- "Just In Case Arizona" emergency preparedness resources will provide resources families will need to know to be prepared. Visit www.justincasearizona.com and the web version in Español www.porsiacasoarizona.com , and FEMA resources for families "Listo America"
- FEMA Resources for Parents getting your Kids on your Preparedness Team "Be a Hero - Parents"
- The Department of Economic Security resources for caregivers of children, elders, and people with disabilities www.azdes.gov/daas/emerprep.
- Local Father, firefighter, and director of Dads4SpecialKids.com has developed emergency preparedness planning guide for families of children with functional and access needs. Great tips to prepare health and safety precautions to be prepared at home and at school.
- Ready.gov - Ready Indian Country - Emergency Preparedness Resources for Families for Tribal Nations and Communities
- Arizona Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry - Resources to help pets in need at any time of year (distribution of free pet food, response resources in a disaster, preparedness training and resources, spay/neuter clinics, and awareness of humane treatment of animals in the community)
- Disaster Distress Helpline from the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 it's Free. It's Confidential. 24/7
- Get involved: Training, Neighborhood and Volunteer Opportunities with the Arizona State Citizen Corps Council Partner Programs and the Medical Reserve Corps
- www.Connect60plus.com Arizona Health and Safety Resources for Seniors
- Small steps towards being prepared for an emergency "do1thing.com" (Makes it easy to prepare your family for emergencies and disasters)
- Safe America Foundation Text First, Talk Second (emergency communication strategy)