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Emergency Preparedness and You

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms - a tornado, a flood, a fire, a hurricane or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster and its consequences.

Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, there are simple steps that you and your family can take to help minimize risks. By planning and preparing, you and your loved ones will respond better to disasters - being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. If a large scale emergency or natural disaster happened today would you know what to do?

Prepare yourself now.

  • Be informed on the hazards that exist in the region and how they can affect you personally.
  • Learn how to react when a disaster or emergency does occur.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit to take care of you and your family for at least 3 days.
  • Make a plan so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go.

 

Resources

Preparing for the Unexpected Booklet
Family Communications Plan
Isolation and Quarantine Fact Sheet
Shelter in Place Fact Sheet
Are You Ready? – FEMA’s comprehensive guide on individual, family, and community preparedness
KnoWhat2Do – North Central Texas emergency preparedness
Ready or Not? Have a Plan – Texas disaster preparedness
Texas Online – State of Texas emergency portal
Ready.gov – National preparedness resource materials