Personal Safety Plan
Nobody looks forward to planning for disaster, but a little preparation could protect both your life and the lives of those around you.
Many types of emergencies occur in even the most unlikely parts of North Central Texas. Take time to learn more about potential disasters and the right ways to respond to them. You should also take time to learn about the emergency plans established by your state and local government.
Create an Emergency Supply Kit
Remember how long it took to pack for your last vacation? That’s why everyone should have an emergency supply kit packed up and ready to go. Keep supplies in a duffle bag, suitcase, or storage container and leave the kit in an easily accessible place. Don't forget to check and update your kit every year – test batteries, check expiration dates, and update important documents.
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Radio – battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert. Be sure to pack extra batteries for both.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Personal sanitation – moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cash – in case ATMs are unavailable or something prevents the use of credit/debit cards
Don’t forget to include critical items for:
- Functional-needs family members – medications, special foods, medical equipment
- Infants – formula, diapers, bottles
- Pets – food, leash, medications
Every six months, you should review your plan, update numbers, and check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed. Add a reminder to your calendar now. You should also practice your tornado, fire escape, or other disaster drills.
Create a Communication Plan
Your family and friends may not be together when disaster strikes so it's important to make a plan to help you stay in touch, stay safe, and reunite after the event.
Choose an out-of-town contact
It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. Be patient, because you may have trouble getting through or the phone system may be down altogether.