The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States, Kentucky, and in our communities concerns many people in the wake of recent tornados, ice storms, floods, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions at home and at work can help people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.  Being prepared can protect you, your family, neighbors, and co-workers.