The mission of PrepareNow.org is to ensure that the needs and concerns
of vulnerable people are addressed in emergency preparedness and response.
PrepareNow.org provides the tools,
expertise and access to resources to assist anyone engaged
in disaster planning for individuals with special needs.
Vulnerable people are those who cannot comfortably or
safely access and use the standard resources offered in
disaster preparedness, relief and recovery. For example:
a disabled person whose needs cannot be
met in a shelter
a non-English-speaker who does not understand
the order to evacuate
a frail elder who cannot lift or carry
a disaster supply kit
a recent immigrant who is reluctant to
ask for help
Who can benefit from using this site?
Community-based organizations: Your expertise and
community awareness make you the best resource for the population
you serve. When you're prepared to serve your clients, you are part
of the solution if a disaster strikes.
Local government: Planning for people with special
needs is a critical component of your emergency plan. Use the site
resources and work with community-based organizations to address
these needs in your community.
Neighborhood organizations: Neighborhoods are a critical
component of early response. Learn how to help your neighbors prepare
and work together when there's a disaster.
Do you have elderly parents, a non-English-speaking
relative or a disabled child? Learn what emergency supplies
to have on hand and how else to help those you care