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Individual/Family Preparedness - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Individual/Family Preparedness

On this page:
General preparedness
Natural disasters
Disease hazards
Food and drinking water safety in emergencies
Chemical and radiological hazards
Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

General preparedness

Natural disasters

  • Natural Disasters
    Floods, cold weather, extreme heat and wildfires all occur periodically in Minnesota.

Disease hazards

  • Bioterrorism
    Bioterrorism basics, diseases that may be used to cause harm, and information for health professionals including infection control, laboratory testing, surveillance systems.

  • Infectious Diseases and Conditions A to Z
    Some infectious diseases can cause widespread emergencies.

Food and drinking water safety in emergencies

  • Food Safety in Emergencies
    Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

  • Drinking Water Safety in Emergencies
    Following natural disasters and other types of emergencies, drinking water in affected areas may become contaminated and cause outbreaks of disease. Problems with sanitation, including lack of water, toilet facilities, or damaged water wells can also increase the likelihood of waterborne disease.

Radiological hazards

Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

SeniorLiving.org: Disaster Preparedness Guide for Seniors and Caregivers
Disaster preparedness steps specifically for seniors.


Updated Sunday, 26-Jun-2022 09:44:49 CDT