Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover rapidly from public health threats can save lives and protect the health and safety of the public. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with hazards of all types much more effectively when they do occur. By reading this guide, you will learn that emergency preparedness requires attention not just too specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard.
Stephens, Kara M.
Center for disease control and prevention, Office of public health
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