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Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. These Emergency Preparedness and Response pages provide information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency.

For information on how to get started with preparing for an emergency, visit the "Getting Started - General Preparedness and Response" section. This section provides information for general businesses and for workers who will respond to the emergency. The information in this section is designed to apply to a wide variety of emergency preparedness and response incidents. For guidance on a particular type of emergency, visit our Natural Disaster or Specific Hazards Web pages.

Getting Started - General Preparedness and Response

Getting Started - General Preparedness and Response

Natural Disasters / Severe Weather Events

Natural Disasters / Severe Weather Events

OSHA’s Participation in
Emergency Response Operations


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