Get the facts: Ready-to-use materials from APHA's Get Ready campaign

Use these free materials from APHA to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all public health hazards they may face, including disasters, pandemic flu or other emerging infectious diseases. Share them with those you care about, or pass them out in your community!

Wondering what's new? Check out our new five-part fact sheet series on preparedness for people living with disabilities!

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ARE YOU READY? FACT SHEETS TO HELP PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

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Tornadoes: How to get ready for a tornado (PDF) English or Spanish

Hurricanes: Getting ready for hurricanes (PDF) English or Spanish

Tsunamis: How to prepare for a tsunami English or Spanish

Earthquakes: How to get ready for earthquakes (PDF) English or Spanish

• Floods: How to get ready for floods (PDF) English or Spanish

• Wildfires:How to get ready for wildfires (PDF) English or Spanish

• Heat waves:How to get ready for a heat wave (PDF) English or Spanish

• Landslides: How to get ready for a landslide (PDF) English or Spanish

• Volcanoes: How to get ready for a volcano (PDF) English or Spanish

• Winter storms: How to get ready for a winter storm (PDF) English or Spanish

• Chemical exposures: How to avoid chemical exposure during a disaster (PDF) English or Spanish

• Power outages: How to get ready for power outages (PDF) English or Spanish

Sheltering in place: What you need to know to stay put during a disaster English or Spanish

• Mosquitoes: How to stay safe from mosquito-borne diseases English or Spanish

• Safe buildings: How your building is constructed matters during a disaster English or Spanish

Home disasters: Tips for preventing a disaster at home English or Spanish

Work: How to get ready for an emergency at work (PDF) English or Spanish

• Food and water safety during disaster: How to keep food safety during and after a disaster (PDF) English or Spanish

• Mass event safety: How to stay safe during a mass event (PDF) English or Spanish

 Nuclear and radiation safety: How to get ready for a nuclear or radiological disaster (PDF) English or Spanish

 Seniors and preparedness: Tips to help seniors prepare for disasters (PDF) English or Spanish

 School preparedness: Information for preparedness at schools (PDF) English or Spanish

 Kids and preparedness: Information for kids on preparedness, written at child level (PDF) English or Spanish

 Moms and disasters: Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, or women who have infants have special disaster planning needs. (PDF) English or Spanish

 Parents and preparedness: Learn how you can keep your family safe during emergencies. (PDF) English or Spanish

 Mental health and disasters: Disasters can be hard on mental health. Learn how you can stay well. (PDF) English or Spanish

 Vaccines: General information: Find out how vaccines keep us safe from diseases. (PDF) English or Spanish

 Vaccines: Kids: It's especially important that kids get vaccines. See why. (PDF) English or Spanish

• Vaccines: Teens: Teens have their own set of vaccination needs. (PDF) English or Spanish

• Vaccines: Adults: Adults and seniors still need vaccines, some of them annually. (PDF) English or Spanish

• Driving & disasters: What to do if a disaster happens when you are on the road. (PDF) English or Spanish

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FREE MATERIALS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Visit our disability preparedness page to read these fact sheets as text, listen to them as recordings or watch in ASL.

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  • General information for people with disabilities
    (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Preparedness tips for people with hearing disabilities
    (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Preparedness tips for people with vision disabilities
    (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Preparedness tips for people with mobility disabilities
    (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Preparedness tips for people with cognitive disabilities
    (PDF) English or Spanish
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FREE MATERIALS TO HELP YOU CREATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS STOCKPILE

Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

  • Get the facts: Why do I need an emergency stockpile? English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Checklist: What should I put in my stockpile? English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Shopping list: What should I shop for? Grocery list (PDF)
  • Recipes: What can I make to eat during a disaster? Recipes (PDF)
  • Water stockpiling: How much water should I store? English or Spanish
  • Pets: How can I prepare my pets for emergencies? English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Budget stockpiling: How can I stockpile without spending a lot? English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Cold & flu supplies: What do I need to have on hand for a cold or the flu? English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Food Drive Toolkit: Help your community be prepared for disasters: Hold a food drive! Download our toolkit (PDF) on how to hold a food drive.
  • Full Toolkit (PDF) (Contains all the items listed above in English in a single document).
  • Get Set: An Emergency Preparedness Project Kit A how-to guide for high school students English or Spanish (PDFs)

For more materials and tips from Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks, see the campaign Web page.

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FREE HAND-WASHING FACT SHEETS

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  • Hand-washing fact sheet: General information English or Spanish (PDFs) What you need to to know about washing your hands and staying healthy Add your logo AddLogo
  • Hand-washing fact sheet: Parents and caregivers: English or Spanish (PDFs).
  • Tips to help you teach your kids about hand-washing. Add your logo AddLogo
  • Hand-washing fact sheet: Teacher and day cares: English or Spanish (PDFs). Get ideas about teaching hand-washing in your classroom. Add your logo AddLogo
  • NEW! Hand-washing facts for kids: English or Spanish (PDFs) An easy-to-follow fact sheet for kids to read about hand-washing. Add your logo AddLogo
  • Hand-washing fact sheet: Preschoolers: English or Spanish (PDFs). Read this fact sheet with your preschooler to teach proper hand-washing techniques. Add your logo AddLogo
  • Hand-washing facts: Tipsheet: English or Spanish (PDFs). This tipsheet from The Nation's Health has general info on hand-washing. Great to hang on a bulletin board or hand out at a health fair!
  • Hand-washing fact sheet: Rub-a-dub-dub: Quick, easy-to-read facts on why hand-washing matters. (PDFs) English or Spanish

FREE MATERIALS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY & BE PREPARED

• H1N1 flu (swine flu): How to keep yourself safe from H1N1 (PDF) English or Spanish or Asian/Pacific Islander languages

Dengue: What you need to know (PDF) Add your logo AddLogo

FAQs: Pandemic and Seasonal Flu English or Spanish (PDFs)
What is swine flu, aka H1N1 flu? How can I reduce my risk of getting flu? What is pandemic flu? Find these answers and more.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Fact Sheet (PDF)
What are the most common emerging infectious diseases, and how can you prevent them? Add your logo AddLogo

Fact Sheet on Preparing for Flu (PDF) How it helps to prepare for natural and manmade disasters. Add your logo AddLogo

Pandemic Flu Fact Sheet How to protect yourself from pandemic flu, as well as signs and symptoms. English or Asian/Pacific Islander languages

Get Ready Event Guide Hold your own Get Ready event with our free planning and activity guide! (PDF)

Preparedness Tip Sheet: Better to be safe than sorry
Learn the most important things you can do to be prepared in this tip sheet from The Nation’s Health, the newspaper of the American Public Health Association. English or Spanish (PDFs)

FREE MATERIALS TO HELP KIDS PREPARE

Get Ready Kids Fun Site
Visit the Get Ready Kids Fun Site for games and other materials aimed specifically at kids.

Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks kids
Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks offers games for kids as well as preparedness questions for children to ask their parents. (PDFs)

Get Ready Pandemic Flu Kids Guide
Download a PDF of the Get Ready Kids' Guide on Pandemic Flu with info on H1N1. English or Spanish (PDFs) AddLogo

Get Ready Games Guide
Hold your own Get Ready carnival for kids with our Get Ready Games Guide. Included are materials and tips for creating and playing games that teach preparedness. Note: This is a large file so download time may be slow. (8MB) (PDF)

HELPING HANDOUTS: FREE QUICK & EASY TIPS TO SHARE

  • Disease prevention: The best advice may be "rub a dub dub"
    With so many diseases out there, it's good to know that handwashing can help keep you safe. (PDF) English or Spanish
  • 'Tis the season: Holiday traveler's advice for preventing the spread of infectious disease
    Traveling home for the holidays? If you aren't careful, you could end up bringing home an uninvited guest to meet the family: infectious disease. (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Chicken about eating poultry? Properly cooking and handling your food is the answer.
    Are you afraid to eat chicken because of avian flu? Learn the facts. (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Quarantine: Scary scenario, or practical approach?
    What will really happen is a disease outbreak strikes? (PDF) English or Spanish
  • Pandemic flu: What's all the fuss about?
    Learn what pandemic flu is and why you should care. (PDF)

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Help spread the message about preparing for pandemic flu and other emerging infectious diseases by adding one of our logos to your materials or Web site!

FREE MATERIALS FOR POLICY-MAKERS AND THE MEDIA

Pandemic Flu Fact Sheet (PDF) Pandemic flu is different, and needs a coordinated response from policy-makers. Add your logo AddLogo

Bioterrorism Preparedness Fact Sheet (PDF)
Are we protected? Get the facts on bioterrorism preparedness.

Pandemic Flu Preparedness and Response Facts (PDF) What are we doing to make sure no one is left behind in pandemic flu planning? Add your logo AddLogo

For questions about any of these materials, call us at (202) 777-2742 or e-mail us. For other free materials from APHA on public health topics, check out these Healthy You tipsheets from The Nation's Health newspaper.

Guidelines on how you can use Get Ready materials and logos are listed here.

Get Ready campaign brochure
Download the Get Ready brochure for more on the campaign, or to share it at your event or booth.

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