At the first mention of a winter freeze, traffic and commerce in North Central Texas freezes too. Why? While colder weather brings a welcome change, most people aren’t prepared for it.
Hello? Anybody out there? When disaster strikes, city services may be cut off and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you. You need to have plans and supplies in place to make it on your own, at least for a limited time, no matter where you are when an emergency happens. Start planning now!
In the winter of 2010, hundreds of people were stranded on an iced over Interstate 20 in Weatherford for hours. If you’re on the road when an emergency strikes or you have to evacuate, you’ll want to have these supplies on hand:
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit and manual
- White distress flag
- Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and flares
- Bottled water and non-perishable food items
- Seasonal supplies to combat weather condition like blankets, gloves, etc.
- Local maps
Your family and friends may not be together when disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important that you find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and 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.
If you or someone in your household has functional needs, it’s important to incorporate them into your disaster plans. For planning assistance, contact your local emergency management office to see if your community has a Functional Needs Program.
SNAP stands for Special Needs Assistance Program. It is a database that enables Office of Emergency Management personnel to register residents with special needs so they can better plan for disasters.
Individuals may register at www.snapforyou.org or contact their local Office of Emergency Management.