Disasters can be either natural, like an earthquake, or man-made, like a terrorist attack. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of experiencing a disaster; make sure you know the level of risk before you enter a situation, and recognize the warning signs of a disaster. There is no way to completely protect yourself from a disaster, so having a disaster preparedness plan in place for you and your family can make a big difference in how well you’re able to cope with the potential disaster.
- Disaster Preparation and Recovery (MedlinePlus)
- DHHS Family Disaster Plan (NC Department of Health and Human Services)
- Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Personal Preparedness for Older Adults & Their Caregivers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Ready. gov (Department of Homeland Security)
- Be Prepared, Be Safe (NC Department of Crime Control & Public Safety)
- Coping with Traumatic Events (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Emergency Preparedness and Response podcasts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Personal Preparedness and You (The Regional Municipality of Durham)
- Preparedness (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy. For tips on selecting additional apps for exercise and physical activity, please review this tipsheet.
The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to Web-based content, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, and mobile-friendly websites. Free.
The ReadyNC app is an all-in-one tool for emergency preparedness. iOS, Android. Free.
The Red Cross has mobile apps for specific types of disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and more. Free and paid apps.
Resources selected by Mendy Ozan, Consumer Health Librarian, Levine Cancer Institute.
Last reviewed September 12, 2018