Texas twister or flash flood? Recent history shows many types of emergencies occur even in the most unlikely parts of North Central Texas. Just ask the uninsured victims of a recent 100-year flood in Tarrant County about the value of being prepared. Take time to learn more about potential disasters and the right ways to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government.
Knowing what to do during an emergency may make all the difference when seconds count.
Ask about specific hazards that threaten your community and about your risk from those hazards. For instance, if you live near the Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant, or in an area prone to flooding, or near a chemical facility, you’ll want to make a plan for a potential emergency. Additionally, hazard information for your local area can be obtained at www.hazardmaps.com.
Each year, more North Texas communities add gas drilling rigs to neighborhoods populated by homes and schools. Know the risks. Monitor water testing and safety checks at drilling sites. Ask your local fire department or emergency management office about evacuation plans and shelters in your immediate area. You can visit the website http://www.askchesapeake.com/Barnett-Shale/Pipelines/Pages/Safety.aspx to learn more about how pipelines are inspected and safety steps when digging.
Community Disaster Plans
Learn about community response plans, evacuation plans and designated community shelters. Ask about the emergency plans and procedures that exist in places that you and your family spend time such as places of employment, schools and childcare centers. If you don’t drive, find out in advance what your community’s plans are for evacuating those without private transportation.
Resources to Help You Get Informed:
- National Weather Service, Southern Region Headquarters or www.srh.noaa.gov
- Local emergency management offices
- Local fire stations
- Local police departments
- Local Red Cross units
- Large area churches
- Neighborhood groups/neighborhood watch