Disaster Preparedness

Our agency partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to launch NCCC-FEMA Corps and other efforts that increase disaster preparedness. During National Preparedness Month we share best practices and new resources to better prepare our citizens.

Our goal is to equip every individual, community, and organization with the necessary action-based guidance to practice safety steps during a disaster or emergency; learn about mitigation measures; and understand community plans including alerts and warnings, evacuation, and sheltering.

National Service Safety Standown

Take time to prepare! The Safety Stand Down is an opportunity to work with your program staff, members, and partners to address disaster preparedness and address topics including personal safety and emotional well-being.

  • Schedule your Safety Stand Down during National Prepareness month
  • Let CNCS know what you are doing at Engagement@cns.gov
  • Send us a list of your participating program's members, and we’ll provide you with an official Certificate of Participation.

Share and Follow

  • Follow us and share our posts and the Toolkit widely on Twitter using @nationalservice @americorps @seniorcorps or on Facebook using #DisasterServe
    • Share your own disaster Safety Stand Down story using #AmeriCorpsWorks #SeniorCorpsWorks #DisasterServe
  • If you are an alumnus or current member, tell your story!  Share your disaster experience with your friends, family, and online through your social media accounts. You can also send us your stories of disaster service to DSU@cns.gov

Know Your Hazards

In each Hazard Section, you can find a "playbook" with emergency plans, disaster drills and exercises, child safety, and more

Getting Ready Before Disaster Strikes

Make a Plan – Visit FEMA’s Ready.gov site and find out how to make a family emergency plan before an emergency occurs. Make sure that the family has a designated gathering point where they meet in case of emergency and that everyone has access to a list of cell phone, work, or school numbers to contact other members away from home.

Power Up -- Keep a stock of flashlights with fresh batteries in the event of a power failure. Battery-powered chargers can come in handy for cell phones to keep the lines of communication open in an emergency. And if you have a backup power generator, make sure it is serviced regularly so it will be ready when you need it.

Water Works – You will need a gallon of water per person per day when access to clean water is limited. Try to have a three-day supply stored and available.

Stay Informed – Have a battery-powered radio handy to get news alerts when the power goes out. Smartphone users can also download radio apps to keep abreast of local news. FEMA has a great list of resources with hints on how you can use your tech to stay informed in an emergency.

Stock Up –Make your own disaster supplies kit that will keep your family set for a few days in the event of an emergency. Visit Ready.gov to find a list of items you will need to make a kit.


The Corporation for National and Community Service has toolkits that can help you or your community with disaster preparedness. Follow the links below and learn more about how you can increase readiness in your community.

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