This unit covers ways in which emergency management can be applied to individuals and communities. It implies that much of what will happen in an emergency or a disaster can be predicted. This knowledge allows individuals and communities to anticipate the types of disasters that are likely to affect them, and to think of ways to reduce the impact, or prevent disasters altogether.
Family and community disaster preparedness is often referred to as emergency preparedness, and involves thinking about hazards that threaten your safety at home and in your community and developing a preparedness plan for your family. For many, animals are an important part of their families and their livelihood. Therefore, animals should be included in a preparedness plan.