Emergency Preparedness

How to Stay Safe & What to Do When Disaster Threatens

Why Prepare for Disaster?

Every season can bring a range of weather challenges and potential dangers. Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. Relief workers will be on the scene following a disaster, but may not be able to reach you immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. This means you need to have your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Learn how to assemble an emergency disaster kit. The City of San Marcos is joining other cities and counties in the Central Texas region in promoting WarnCentralTexas.org, a website residents can use to register their cell phones for hyperlocal emergency notifications.

WarnCentralTexas.orghas recently been redesigned to include disaster preparedness information, and the City is encouraging people to use both aspects of the newly designed website.

The City is also posting public service announcements weekly on its municipal cable channels (Spectrum Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 123-16) and online at San Marcos Facebook page.

Center for Disease Control

Having a plan is one of the most important steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family in case disaster strikes. Knowing what to do and how to do it can help your family manage disasters with less worry, fear and uncertainty. It may be necessary to evacuate your home for several days or longer. Don't forget about a plan for your pets. Check out the web site for Center for Disease Control as it has a wealth of information for emergency preparedness.

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