Angelina County and Cities Health District is a first-responder in emergency situations, like a disease outbreak or a man-made or natural disaster.
Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer that can prepare you for one, there are steps you can take to prepare your family for the unexpected.
When disaster strikes, you may need to be able to survive on your own for 72 hours or more without access to power, food or transportation. You should consider your family’s situation and any additional needs you might have.
Here are some tips to help your family prepare for an emergency:
- Have an emergency supply kit. Make sure you have enough water, food, medicine and medical supplies and batteries to last at least three days. Click this link for a list of supplies the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends you have on hand.
- Have an emergency communications plan. Make sure your family members know what to do if something happens and you are separated. Share your plan with neighbors and relatives. Click here for tips to prepare your emergency communication plan.
- Have a plan that includes your pets. Make sure each pet's tags are up-to-date and fastened to its collar. Have a current photo of you and your pet(s) for identification purposes. Identify shelters in advance that will allow your pets. Have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for your pet. Make a pet emergency kit. Click here for readiness information the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends for pet owners.
- Keep assistive devices and equipment charged and ready to go. Try to have extra chargers and cables for scooters or power wheelchairs. If possible, have a lightweight manual wheelchair for backup.
- Make sure you have access to important documents, especially medical information, insurance information and financial and legal documents. If you feel comfortable doing so, give copies to a trusted friend or relative.
Being prepared for an emergency is a 24/7 activity. Take charge and be prepared as possible. To learn more, visit ready.gov or contact ACCHD at (936) 633-1435.