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Whether it is an emergency that impacts an individual or a community wide disaster, being prepared is the key to minimizing the effects and speeding the recovery process.  The Office of Emergency Management wants you to be aware of the hazards that threaten our community and provide you with the knowledge to respond appropriately when disaster is imminent. 

The City of Amarillo, Potter County, and Randall County participate in an interjurisdictional emergency management program to ensure the readiness of our community to respond to all hazards that exist in the Texas Panhandle.  However, individual and family preparedness is a critical element of any emergency management program… the best community plan will be minimized if the individual or family is not prepared.

Autumn Preparedness…

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in the Texas Panhandle.  November 2nd ends daylight savings time with rolling back of clocks one hour.  Use the time change as a reminder to ensure you and your families are prepared.  Here are some simply things to improve your preparedness…

  • Change the Clocks, Change the Batteries… Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors safe lives.  Put fresh batteries in your detectors to ensure reliable operation. 
  • Prepare for Cold & Flu Season… Cold weather is just around the corner and so are colds and flu.  The CDC and Public Health recommends yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu viruses.  In addition, check the medicine cabinet and assess stocks of over-the-counter medications.  Stockpile food items like canned soup and lemon-lime soda to ease cold symptoms and fight off dehydration.  Don’t forget to stock up on disposable tissues and hand sanitizer to minimize the spread of germs. 
  • Make or Review Your Family Emergency Plan… Review your family’s emergency plan or create one for the first time.  Update phone numbers, addresses, and contact information, and post an Emergency Information Page near the phone.

National Preparedness Month – How to Practice for an Emergency

Register and practice your preparedness action on or around the National PrepareAthon! Day-September 30th, 2014 by visiting: http://www.ready.gov/prepare.  Sign up for to receive alerts on your cell phone by going to http://www.ready.gov/alerts.  Learn about evacuating yourself and your family http://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family.


National Preparedness Month – How to Build an Emergency Supply Kit

This week families and/or individuals should start working on a basic emergency supply kit or have supplies you need in case of an emergency. This could also be where you create a “go-kit” or a kit that you take with you if you have to leave your home quickly.  Find information here http://www.ready.gov/kit and here for kids http://www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit!

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