Emergency and Disaster Resources

This guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to disaster and emergency management. If you would like to learn more about emergency preparedness resources, or explore training opportunities that are available through NNLM, find and contact your region for more information!

MedlinePlus is the National Library of Medicine’s website for patients and their families and friends with information about diseases, conditions and wellness in plain language. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Ready.gov (Listo en español)
Resources for developing a preparedness plan, including publications, checklists, videos, and tool kits for community outreach.

Ready in Your Language (Ready.gov)
Ready also offers some content in additional languages such as Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR)

National Weather Service - Weather Prediction Center

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Emergency Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362

Write to FEMA:

P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

FEMA is comprised of 10 regions in the continental U.S. and territories. Each region has a regional office that work directly with states, territories, and tribes. Please note the regional and state designation under FEMA is different from the regional/state designation under the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

FEMA Region 1

FEMA Region 2

FEMA Region 3

FEMA Region 4

FEMA Region 5

FEMA Region 6

FEMA Region 7

FEMA Region 8

FEMA Region 9 

FEMA Region 10


Planning, training and education

MedlinePlus (NLM)
For patients and their families and friends with information about diseases, conditions and wellness in plain language. 

Pet Safety in Emergencies (CDC)

Vulnerable Populations

Resources for “at-risk populations” whose needs are not fully addressed by traditional service providers or who feel they cannot comfortably or safely use the standard resources offered during preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Printable Guides


Immediately after an emergency when normal life has been interrupted

Community and State Information (Ready.gov)


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (FEMA)

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) (ASPR)

Disaster Preparedness Volunteer (Red Cross)

Disaster Action Team (Red Cross)

Stay up-to-date

Conditions and information change quickly during an emergency.

Other Trainings

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning (SAMHSA)

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training (FEMA)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.

ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE)
Find trainings, toolkits, technical resources and more from trusted sources including the CDC, HHS, and FEMA.

Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit (Rural Health Information Hub)
The toolkit is made up of a series of 6 modules that compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts in rural communities across the United States.