Disaster can hit our community at any time either through torrential rains, hurricanes, fire, or a power outage in our home. What can you do to be prepared at a moment’s notice?

Basic Essentials
Make sure your home has all of these items readily available at all times, but especially when warned of an imminent disaster.

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Complete first aid kit
  • Important documents in one location-sealed bag/box
  • Matches
  • Paper towels
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pet food
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Bottled water. Recommended one gallon per person for 3 days
  • Moist towlettes
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food

Make a Family Plan
Do you have a place where everyone can gather if not safe to go home? Choose a place in your neighborhood, your town, and a friend’s place out of the immediate area away from the disaster to discuss with your family. Are there more ways than one to exit a room? What is the safest spot in your home during a tornado?

Make sure all the kids are familiar with how to call 911 in an emergency.
Do you know where to turn off the water, gas, and electricity?

Stay informed when weather conditions intensify by phone, TV, or radio. Be aware of the school disaster plan that your children attend and what tools they use to communicate school closings or threats of danger. It’s also a good idea for all family members to have the same contact of a friend or relative out of town to call in an emergency.

Add ICE-(In Case of Emergency) contact in your phone for emergency services to find when necessary.

Additional information about Family Preparedness is available through https://www.dshs.texas.gov/preparedness/e-prep_public.shtm

We want you to be healthy, safe, and be able spend quality time with your family. Family is always first!

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