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Personal Preparedness

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Disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Community volunteers, hospital workers, and public health staff members may be called on to help with a community response to a disaster. In order to respond effectively in such an emergency, these workers must have plans in place to be sure their families, other dependents, pets, etc. are cared for. This course provides a step-by-step process for developing a family disaster plan and a personal emergency plan.


This course is intended for anyone who might be called to respond to an emergency that might keep them away from home for an indeterminate period of time, including public health or healthcare professionals and volunteers, such as members of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) or Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).


After completing this course, the learner will be able to describe:

  • The importance of a Family Disaster Plan and a Personal Emergency Plan
  • The elements of a Family Disaster Plan
  • The elements of a Personal Emergency Plan
  • How these plans might function in different emergency situations


Originally launched January 2007.

Updated October 2014.

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.


Estimated time for this course is 1 hour


Free and open to the public


The course was created by Cheryl Reeves, Associate Director for Instructional Development, at the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness.


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