How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small- to Medium-Size Communities
Prepared by US EPA Urban Waters Federal Partnership, the toolkit was developed to help small- to medium-size communities jump-start their natural disaster planning process. The toolkit is divided into two sections – one for local government officials, including Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs), utility district managers, and local elected officials—and a section for community residents. Within each section is information about tools and resources available through federal and state agencies, and disaster relief organizations, and At-a-Glance Preparedness Checklists. The creation of the toolkit was inspired by comments made during a serious of flood management planning workshops for local and regional officials conducted in 2019 in flood-prone regions throughout Texas. What emerged was the need for a one-stop shop for tools and resources to help with planning for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small- to-Medium Size Communities is designed to help address that need.