Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.
However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. It’s also important to know what kinds of threats could occur in the Garland and North Central Texas area. Explore the Know Your Hazards links to learn more about these threats and how to respond to them. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.
Use the links below to learn more information about how to get started preparing you and your family for disaster. Making your plan and building your kit are the most important steps to getting prepared.
Make a Plan (Draft a Family Emergency Plan, Emergency Plans for School and Work)
Build a Kit (Family Emergency Supply Kit, Vehicle Emergency Supply Kit and First Aid Kit)
Dial 211-Social Service Information Line. In Texas, 211 is the official state-wide information line for general public to get updates in an emergency. Translation services are also available.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
You know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”? Well, it’s true.
Once you have sat down with your family in order to create your disaster plan, the next step is to practice it. Practicing your plan and will help you respond appropriately and quickly during an actual emergency.
Discuss what types of disaster may occur and how to react.