Preparing for Disasters

Shared Responsibility
Preparedness is a shared responsibility which requires the whole community to work together. Recognizing that preparedness is a shared responsibility, it calls for the involvement of everyone-not just the government-in preparedness efforts. By working together, everyone can keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.

Community-Centered Preparedness

Whole Community includes:
  • Individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs
  • Businesses
  • Faith-based and community organizations
  • Nonprofit groups
  • Schools and academia
  • Media outlets
  • All levels of government, including state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal partners
The phrase “whole community” appears a lot in preparedness materials, as it is one of the guiding principles. It means 2 things:
  • Involving people in the development of the national preparedness documents
  • Ensuring their roles and responsibilities are reflected in the content of the materials