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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.


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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Know How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster

Week two of National Preparedness Month will cover how to plan for needs before a disaster strikes!  There are specific resources for kids, colleges, tribal audiences, businesses, first responders, persons with disabilities or functional needs, and families that have pets or animals.  See the links below for more information!

Senior couple at desk making emergency plan.

http://www.ready.gov/kids

http://www.ready.gov/campus

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan/indian-country

http://www.ready.gov/business

http://www.ready.gov/responder

http://www.ready.gov/seniors

http://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals


September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month all across the Nation and certainly here in Amarillo! The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. The month is split up into activities across the five weeks of September.  Follow National Preparedness Month on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/readygov.

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Week 1 – How to Reconnect with Family after a Disaster

What happens if a disaster occurs in our area and the telephone and cell phone networks are wiped out?  Where do you meet your family? What if that area needs to be evacuated? Do you have rendezvous points that are predetermined? 

You can create a plan with your family by going to http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan or you can do one with your kids by going to http://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan.

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