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Disaster Preparedness

CNCS joins our partners at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lead our country to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and other emergency exercises.

Any time is a good time to make sure you and those around you are prepared to stay as safe as possible during a disaster, but during September we join with FEMA to shine a spotlight on National Preparedness Month. will prompt you to think about preparing for your family, pets and animals, your financial needs, and helping your neighbors.

Our goal is that every individual, community, and organization will have the necessary action-based guidance to practice the steps to stay safe 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 out to prepare!  The Safety Stand Down allows you to take dedicated time to work with your program staff, members, and partners to ensure they are prepared in the face of disasters and emergencies, addressing topics including personal safety and emotional well-being.

Here's what you can do:

  • Schedule your Safety Stand Down during National Prepareness month
  • Let CNCS know what you are doing at
  • Social Media:
    • ​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’re an alum 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
  • Send us a list of your participating program's members, and we’ll provide you with an official Certificate of Participation

Know Your Hazards

As part of the National Service Safety Stand Down, take a look at the hazards below. There are many resources available at FEMA that address specific hazards like:

In each Hazard Section, you can find a Playbook with emergency plans, disaster drills / exercises, a section for kids, and other material specifically related to that hazard!

Getting Ready Before Disaster Strikes

Most of us think of our first responders when disasters happen, but there are many things everyone can do to prepare for these events before they occur.

Make a Plan – Visit FEMA’s 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 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.

Disaster Services Update

GovDelivery Email



Click on the drop-down menu below to read regularly updated Disaster Briefs. 



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