Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

When emergencies happen in rural communities, especially if they are severe or prolonged, the resource demands on local response agencies and health care facilities will quickly be consumed and these events become disasters. Disasters have complex impacts whether they are natural or man-made and can occur without warning.

Rural communities can deal more effectively with large-scale emergencies by planning and preparing for emergencies before they happen. This process should involve many different people and community organizations. This guide includes frequently asked questions, resources, organizations and funding and opportunities that relate to rural emergency preparedness and response.