Make a Plan…..
Make and practice your emergency plan.
Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. The Red Cross has a great Family Disaster Plan Tool, to help in this planning process.
Here are a few questions to get started in developing a disaster plan:
- Where will you meet family members?
- Who is your out of state “check-in” contact?
- Will you shelter in place? Evacuate?
- How will you escape your home? Workplace? School? Place of worship?
- What route (and several alternates) will you use to evacuate your neighborhood?
- What will you do with your pets?
- Do you have transportation?
- Did you practice your plan?
Build a Kit…..
Building a family emergency kit is crucial. During emergencies, you may need to be on your own for a period of time. You may want to consider 3 types of kits: A Go Bag, a Stay At Home Kit, and a Pet Disaster Supply Kit.
Here are some ideas for your kit:
Staying informed in an emergency situation may be different than normal. In Montgomery County we often have warning of upcoming weather emergencies. However, there are other emergencies which may happen with little to no notice. It’s important to keep informed about anything that may come our way.
Stay informed by:
- Monitoring the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook and Twitter @MCOEM
- Listening to local K-Star Country 99.7FM.
- Listening to KTRH 740AM or KUHF 88.7FM.
- Watching local media outlets.
- Create a SMART911 profile and opt-in to receive emergency weather notifications and information from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.