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Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and any place. Even a small amount of planning and preparation can make the difference between surviving and not surviving.

Although public safety agencies are trained and equipped to provide assistance in the wake of disasters or emergencies, they are likely to be overwhelmed in the critical first hours after an event. It might be hours or days before safety forces can reach your location and provide assistance.

That is why the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge all Americans to take the following critical steps BEFORE an emergency or disaster strikes: Be Informed, Make A Plan, Build A Kit, and Get Involved. 

To help citizens prepare we have created an Emergency Preparedness Guide that includes information on preparing for emergencies. Click on the Guide to view the Emergency Preparedness Guide.

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To view FEMA’s ‘Are You Ready? Guide,’ click here: