Disaster can strike 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.
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 by:
- Being informed on the hazards that exist in the region and how they can affect you and your family
- Learning how to react when a disaster or emergency does occur
- Making a plan so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go
- Assembling an emergency supply kit to take care of you and your family for at least 3 days
Make a Plan
Having an emergency plan in place is an important and simple step toward being prepared. Take a few minutes with your family to discuss what you would do in an emergency situation.
Also, be sure to have plans in place for members of your family that have additional needs.
Plan for Children
Plan for Seniors
Plan for Special and Functional Needs
Plan for Pets
FEMA - Children and Disasters
Texas Department of State Health Services - Emergency Preparedness for Pets
The Humane Society - Make a disaster Plan for Your Pets