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Article: Guide to Emergency Preparedness

Civil Defense Agencies

Table of Contents
  1. Natural Disasters / Civil Emergencies
  2. Civil Defense Agencies
  3. Emergency Medical Services
  4. Emergency Manager, Planners and Responders
  5. Home Preparedness
  6. Work and Office Preparedness
  7. Summary

Emergency Broadcast System/Emergency Alerts

Civil Defense agencies, employees, and volunteers are located all across the country and are ready to respond at a moment's notice. These agencies try to plan for every disaster. They provide information and resources for anyone who is considering their emergency needs.

State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has emergency management agencies and services listed for each state. There is also contact information for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other Pacific territories of the United States.

Emergency Broadcast System/ Emergency Alerts

National, statewide and local broadcast and alert systems are in place to warn people of impending disasters. These early warning systems have proven their ability to reduce the impact of natural disasters. For people with disabilities, these systems may not take their needs into account. The links below will help you better understand our national and state alert systems, as well as learn about the Federal laws governing these systems.

National Association for the Deaf
You can find emergency preparedness information in the legal rights section of this website. The information is related to making emergency messages more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

EMCOM (National Emergency Alert Notification System)
EMCOM is a public service, non-governmental organization. It provides communication, coordination, and notification systems for emergency management personnel.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides information on national and local emergency alert systems. The systems are used by the President of the United States and local authorities to warn the public about emergency situations. Go to this website to download free handbooks containing the latest FCC rules and policies.

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Last Updated on 12/27/2017