Each year, the United States experiences an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 1,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 6 deadly hurricanes. While most weather can be predicted, as this past May’s flooding reminded us, many weather-related deaths still occur each year in North Texas. The first step to being prepared is realizing that severe weather can happen at any time.
September is National Preparedness Month and the City of Garland Office of Emergency Management is happy to announce that all month we are joining other national, state, and local organizations, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in educating the public about preparing for disasters. National Preparedness Month is all about helping individuals, families, businesses, and communities to take action to get them and their families prepared!
It takes the whole community working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the destructive forces of nature, and other emergencies and disasters. Making a family communication plan, putting aside three days’ worth of food and water, and signing up for the City’s Code Red weather warning system are all great ways to get you and your family started. It is also about taking the time to talk to your family and figuring out what you should do if an emergency happens in Garland: Where will we meet if something happens? Does our insurance cover flood related damage? Do we have enough food and water to go three days without leaving the house? It is questions like these that help save lives and lessen the impacts of disasters when they occur.
Follow the City of Garland's preparedness tips all month on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the department’s web page at Garland-OEM.com or KnoWhat2Do.com to learn more about threats in North Texas and how you and your family can be prepared for the next big disaster.