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.

Emergency management, a four-phase process, is a comprehensive system to respond to emergencies or disasters impacting our community.

Prepare for hazards that cannot be prevented, or mitigated.

Respond to emergencies that occur.

Recover from emergencies to restore the community to its pre-emergency condition.

Mitigate risks by reducing or eliminating damage and disruption from future disasters.


Preparedness is one of the most important aspects of emergency management. By planning and preparing for hazards, you and your loved ones will respond better to disasters, as well as contribute to the overall readiness of our County. If a large scale emergency or natural disaster happened today would you know what to do?

Prepare yourself now by:

  • Being informed on the hazards that exist in your region and how they can affect you personally
  • Knowing how to react when a disaster or emergency does occur
  • Having an evacuation and communication plan in place so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go
  • Putting together disaster supplies to help sustain you until services are restored or help can be provided
Preparedness Seminar

Stayed tuned for information on next year's Foundations for Preparedness!


Foundations for Preparedness is the Collin County faith-based emergency preparedness seminar, which brings together county and city jurisdictions with Faith-Based Organizations.

This year's Foundations for Preparedness focused on creating an all-hazards plan, exercising plans, and functional needs support services. Thank you to all who attended this event. See below for materials presented at the seminar.

Preparedness Resources

Citizens' Preparedness Guidebook

Family Communications Emergency Plan

Emergency Supply Kit

All-Hazards Emergency Plan Template

Exercising Your Plan Presentation

Plan Template Presentation