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Because natural and manmade disasters can occur at any time, individuals, communities, and governments must be prepared. RAND has developed guidelines for individual preparedness in response to terrorist attacks; evaluated, modeled, and enhanced preparedness policy options for government officials at all levels; and recommended actions that communities should take to prepare for bioterrorist attacks, pandemic flu outbreaks, and other large-scale emergencies.

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    Improving Financial Resilience to Natural Disasters

    Natural disasters have grown costlier and more frequent and are having a significant financial impact on U.S. households. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected. What programs can help improve individual and community financial resilience?

    Dec 11, 2023

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    Preparing for Climate Change Risks to the 2024 Elections

    A natural disaster could quickly overwhelm a voting district and render prior planning moot. Officials should plan and practice how they will conduct elections in the wake of a disaster that displaces voters, destroys blank ballots, or damages election equipment.

    Jan 9, 2024

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