Hot Texas summers- there’s nothing quite like it! Careful—extreme heat not only kills lawns, it can also push your body beyond its limits. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are most likely to suffer when the mercury rises. Droughts and wildfires can also be the result of super-hot temperatures, low amounts of rainfall and careless behavior. Learn how to take protective measures to safeguard yourself and your environment.
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!
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.
Plan to hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting. It’s important that you’re able to join with your neighbors in the face of an emergency. Together you can help safeguard your homes and children. Your local Sheriffs’ office or police station can help you get started or visit www.usaonwatch.org for more information.
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.