What’s Your Disaster Risk?

One of the key principles in emergency preparedness planning is knowing what your risk level is for certain types of natural and manmade disasters.

It’s important to have a broad understanding of the hazards affecting your region in order to get a better gauge of how to mitigate and stay safe when they occur.

These resources can help you determine your disaster risk level in the United States.



Action Step

Determine and list the main disasters that your community is prone to.

Use the template below to rank them in order from 1 (most likely to occur) to 14 (least likely to occur).


Determining Disaster Types
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Preparing for each disaster type


Disasters pose a significant threat to our lives, homes, communities, the environment, and the economy. The effects they have can be devastating and long-lasting.

Our response to these events is critical for lessening their potency and overcoming residual challenges, as well as accelerating the process of recovery. While we cannot prevent disasters from happening, we can reduce their impact by becoming prepared.

Below you will find the guides to the most common disasters that we experience worldwide. Each type of natural disaster is unique— from the ways that we should prepare for them to the effects they leave. When you click on any of the following buttons, you will find:

  • Interesting facts about that disaster
  • What to expect when that disaster occurs
  • Tips on how to mitigate and reduce your risk
  • Safety tips specific to that disaster (all the do’s and don’ts!)
  • A list of recommended items that your preparedness kit should contain
  • Printable checklists
  • And more resources to ensure that you feel ready!


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