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First responders who are well-prepared will have the peace of mind to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying about whether their family is taken care of. First responders can also serve as role models for other members of the community, leading by example to encourage preparedness.

  1. Build an emergency supply kit.
  2. Make a family emergency plan.
  3. Be informed about the types of emergencies that you may be called upon to respond to, and teach your family about what they should do when a disaster strikes.
  4. Prepare for any special considerations like individuals with access or functional needs, older adults, children, ands pets.

Agency Preparedness

Organizational Preparedness Program Work Plan Development Guidance

A successful organizational preparedness program needs:

  • A clear vision
  • Actionable objectives and goals
  • Defined deliverables and timelines
  • Regular reviews
  • Identify potential obstacle and challenges

This process requires the buy-in of leadership and the agency to bring about the necessary cultural change in the organization.

Take the time to outline how the program will operate and what the expectations are for your organization using the Ready Responder Toolkit (PDF - 2.8Mb).

Law Enforcement



The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses free-of-charge. The courses below may have a specific interest to the law enforcement community. For a complete list of courses please visit: Emergency Management Institute Course Catalog

Fire Fighters



Ready Responder Toolkit

The Ready Responder Toolkit (PDF – 2.8Mb) is designed to provide emergency response agencies with planning tools to help prepare first responders and their families for emergencies. These tools are flexible and customizable. They can be used by planners to meet the specific needs of their agency or department.