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Prepare for Emergencies

The following resources can help you to better prepare yourself, your family and your community for emergencies including natural disasters, severe weather, outbreaks and more. National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Shelter-In-Place Instructions: Nine essential items you should prepare to help you shelter in place during an emergency.

Maryland Responds: Register as a responder willing to provide services during a disaster or emergency situation.

Preparing Makes Sense Video: A short instructional video from FEMA explaining the key steps to emergency preparedness, including: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved.

Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Preparedness for Pets: Preparedness information from the CDC for pet owners.  Have you included pets in your disaster plan? Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Peach Bottom Area Emergency Planning Brochure: Important safety information for those in the Peach Bottom Emergency Planning Zone.

Natural Disasters & Severe Weather

Read more about natural disasters and severe weather so that you can be prepared.

Types of Natural Disasters & Weather Emergencies

Earthquakes Extreme Heat
Floods Hurricanes
Landslides & Mudslides Lightning
Tornadoes Tsunamis
Volcanoes Wildfires
Winter Weather


Large-scale outbreaks of disease can result in an emergency situation.  For a list of recent outbreaks and incidents click here.

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The U.S. public health system and primary healthcare providers prepare to address various biological agents, including pathogens that are rarely seen in the United States. High-priority agents include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they:

  • can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person;
  • result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact;
  • might cause public panic and social disruption; and
  • require special action for public health preparedness.

Category A Biological Agents include:

Anthrax Botulism
Plague  Smallpox 
Tularemia Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Other Types of Emergencies

Radiation Emergencies

Chemical Emergencies