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Family Readiness Guide

Many types of disasters can create public health problems, such as weather, chemical, radiological, and biological events. Injury or illness can occur as a direct result of the event, or as a result of people trying to cope with the event. The most important fact to remember about any disaster is that by being prepared, you can help prevent or reduce harm to your family, yourself, and others. This booklet was written to give you basic disaster preparedness education.

I urge you to take the time to read the information and make your own emergency plans with family, friends, caregivers, and co-workers. You should update these plans at least once a year, or when there is an important change in contacts or other information.

Public Health has provided education for more than 125 years in Alabama to help people prevent disease and injury. We have worked with a wide variety of organizations, businesses and individuals on preparedness and prevention activities. This work has saved countless people from disability and loss of life. We ask you to remember that it is vital that you be a part of Alabama’s efforts to be ready for whatever disasters may come.

Donald E. Williamson, MD
State Health Officer


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