Cornell Road (Blue Ash) in the aftermath of a 1999 F4 tornado.

Natural and man-made disasters – no matter where you live – can strike at any time, so it’s important to have a planned response when you’re at home, at work, on vacation or on the road.

Know what disasters and hazards could affect  your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Check out the related links to learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.


2009 H1N1 flu vaccination.

Federal agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also are valuable resources for emergency preparedness. When you face a natural or man-made emergency, try to stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, however, cable, electric and cell phone service will be disabled, making communication nearly impossible.  HCPH recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:

  • Make sure to have a family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
  • Have all family members’ and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
  • Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home
  • Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
  • Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
  • Know how to shut off utilities

National Preparedness Month is held annually in September and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.