Terrorism Flag

In December 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security added Dallas-Fort Worth to the nation’s top ten terror targets.

 What’s invisible, odorless and colorless but can really make you sick? You guessed it—carbon monoxide (CO)! This potentially lethal gas is created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely.

When you’re planning holiday travel, plan for the unexpected. With millions of people traveling at the same time, accidents, mistakes and traffic are all bound to happen.

Even though allergies may seem like a bigger nuisance right now, it's a fact flu season is in full swing! The very best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu and its potential complications is to get this year's vaccine.

North Texas health departments continue to report flu vaccine is in plentiful supply. Check with your county's health department, your local drug store or your family physician to find out more.

Winter Weather

 

WINTER WEATHER
Winter Clouds

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.

Get Ready

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!

 

Vehicle Emergency Supply Kit

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

 

Create a Communication Plan

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.

 

Caring for Those with Functional Needs

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.

 

Special Needs Assistance 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.