The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) maintains a number of print and digital materials. Topics include emergency preparedness for your family related to weather, such as hurricanes and tsunamis, biological and chemical agents related to terrorism and emergencies, and even a keiki activity book. If you would like to suggest an idea for print or digital materials, please contact us.

A simple guide to ten essential items you should pack BEFORE a natural disaster or health emergency occurs. Have these ready if you shelter in place or if you must quarantine. Bring as much as you can if you must evacuate. Click here to download the guide, and here for the  8″x10″ print-friendly version.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is pleased to offer this practical guide to encourage everyone to be prepared in the event of a public health emergency. We hope you will use the helpful information and instructions in this booklet to better prepare and protect yourself and your family against any health emergencies. Mahalo for doing your part to keep Hawaii safe and healthy. Click here to download. 

This Emergency Preparedness coloring book was provided by the Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness. To learn more about disaster preparedness, visit the Office of Public Health Preparedness at or on Facebook at

Click here to download the Activity Book. 

Resources from our Partners

From Hawaiian Electric: We’ve created a step by step Handbook on Emergency Preparedness to better prepare you and your family for an emergency. Our keiki version of the handbook is also available to start the conversation and planning process early for everyone in your home. The time to prepare is now. We encourage you to download our free handbooks and start preparing today. Download your copy here. 

Check out the Hawaiian Electric Website and download this handbook in other languages here. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. We hope you will encourage its use in your schools, communities, and families to help children talk about their feelings after a disaster, and learn positive ways to express their emotions in uncertain times. Click here to download. 

From Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA): Every family and individual should have a written plan detailing actions to prevent loss of life and property during an emergency. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has several Hawaiʻi-specific fact sheets available to aid in emergency planning efforts. Click here to download. 

Learn more about other resources HI-EMA offers here

Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity
could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children
and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how
to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.

Download your Family Emergency Communication Plan, created by FEMA, here. 

Your pets are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan. To prepare for the unexpected follow these tips with your pets in mind:

  1. Make a plan.
  2. Build an emergency kit.
  3. Stay informed.

Download your pet brochure here! For more information about pet preparedness during an emergency visit:

Disability intersects every demographic group—there are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders or national origin. And, disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways—both visible and invisible. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters. 


Learn how to prepare for people with disabilities here.