The following is a brief outline of how your family can be prepared for any and all emergency or disaster situations. In Spring and Summer disasters such as severe storms with possible tornado activity and hurricanes are a possibility for our area.
Your City’s Emergency Management Organization is always working to ensure that on a large scale we are prepared to handle any emergent situation that could befall the City. If a situation arose that needed public awareness we would endeavor to get you this information as soon as possible. We would send out an email through Blackboard and post any and all updates on our City website. www.simontontexas.gov
Your role in being prepared would be to;
1: Have emergency supplies on hand in case of power outage. This would include emergency candles, flashlights, nonperishable food and bottled water.
2: Have emergency phone numbers written down as well as any specific medical instructions that may be necessary such as medications or allergies.
3: Have an evacuation worked out with several scenarios; for example one for everyone being in residence, another for parents at work and kids at home.
4: Choose an out of state/long distance emergency contact; when local cell towers are down or clogged many times out of state can be reached. This person can act as a conduit for family in state to remain up to date with status checks.
5: Have a battery powered radio for availability to listen to local AM stations for emergency updates. The County broadcasts updates and critical information on AM 1670.
6: Ensure that your Emergency Management Organization and the County Emergency Management is aware of any special needs you may have. Example; non-ambulatory, oxygen, medical equipment that needs electricity. This information is kept confidential by both organizations but during an emergency this list is activated so your needs can be met without delay.
7: A plan for your pets; carriers, extra food, medication, or boarding plans. If you are evacuated your pets need to go with you.
8: Pack a go bag if possible in anticipation of an event. Include extra clothes and toiletries, medication, anything that would be necessary for a comfortable evacuation. Waiting until last minute causes stress and important items are forgotten.
www.ready.gov ; this is a FEMA site
www.readyhoustontx.gov ; this is local site