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Citizen Preparedness Programs

  • By: Dorothy L. Miller & Hallie Nix
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Citizen preparedness programs are a pathway to self-sustaining individuals, homes, and communities in the imminence of disaster. While local, state, and federal government agencies may be necessary for disaster relief, they do not have resources to immediately rescue and care for everyone. Citizen preparedness programs can be the key factor to the overall success of response and recovery efforts. Such programs create an awareness of natural and human-made hazards, specific regional hazards and how to prepare for them, and the necessary steps to lessen the impact a disaster may have on individuals and property. Research should also be done on hazards that might be encountered during travel and/or vacations, including to foreign countries.

Preparedness programs can also address the importance of self-survival for at least 72 ...

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