In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

Are You Ready? , also available in Spanish, can be used in a variety of ways including as a read-through or reference guide. The guide can also be used as a study manual guide with credit awarded for successful completion and a 75 percent score on a final exam. Questions about the exam should be directed to the FEMA Independent Study Program by calling 1-800-238-3358 or by going to

Also available is the Are You Ready? Facilitator Guide (IS-22FG). The Facilitator Guide is a tool for those interested in delivering Are You Ready? content in a small group or classroom setting. The Facilitator Guide is an easy to use manual that has instruction modules for adults, older children, and younger children. A resource CD is packaged with the Facilitator Guide that contains customizable presentation materials, sample training plans, and other disaster preparedness education resources. Copies of Are You Ready? and the Facilitator Guide are available through the FEMA publications warehouse (1.800.480.2520).

Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities

Emergency Planning for Businesses

Sample Disaster Preparedness Plan
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Planning Ahead

Citizen Preparedness

Pandemic Flu


How to Prepare for Workplace Emergencies
More detailed information on workplace emergencies is provided in “How to Prepare for Workplace Emergencies” (OSHA 3088) available free from OSHA Publications, Room N3101, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone 202-219-4667, or local OSHA offices.

Recovery and rebuilding

Recovering from a Disaster


Before You Apply

Financial Assistance for Individuals

Checking the Status


Training for Emergency Preparedness

Training and Education

Emergency and Preparedness Training (Center for Disease Control)

Independent Study- Emergency Management

The Independent Study Program (ISP) is a distance learning program offered free of charge to the American public. It serves as both an alternate means to deliver valuable training to the professional and volunteer emergency management community, and an opportunity to improve public awareness and promote disaster preparedness nationally. Each year, the ISP staff issues more than 1,000,000 individual course completion certificates.


Hurricane Assistance Information

Texas Governor’s Evacuation Task Force Report

The American Red Cross at 1-866-438-4636 or 1-866-GET-INFO or log on at

Governor’s Division of Emergency Management

2-1-1, the Texas Information and Referral Network
Provides information statewide around-the-clock mainly on health and human services. Individuals who are using a cell phone or who cannot connect to 2-1-1, can call toll-free to 1-888-312-4567 or look up the local number at Information includes: access to medical care; requests for food; requests for prescription assistance; and other topics such as housing, child care and crisis counseling.