Disaster Preparedness

Get prepared Socorro! Having a plan to follow during disaster emergencies can save lives. 

When emergencies occur, emergency management departments (Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, and Health) are trained to respond to the areas affected by the event. It is the responsibility of all of us to be personally prepared to respond to and manage the effects of a disaster. 

Remember, knowing what to do in emergencies is your responsibility. More importantly, knowing what to do is the best protection for you and your family.

Knowing what to do protects you and your family

  1. Be Informed – Learn about potential hazards and how to deal with them
  2. Make a plan – Develop an Emergency Plan for your family 
  3. Practice and maintain your emergency plan.

Be Informed

Learn about potential hazards that may affect you:

Make a Plan

Start building your Emergency Plan and your Emergency Supplies Kit. Click on the topics below for more information. Fill out and print the Texas Ready Family Emergency Plan so you and your family will know what to when a disaster hits. 

  • Find the safe areas in your home to take shelter.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home and find two ways out of each room.
  • Pick places to meet — choose a location outside your house in case of household emergency, such as a fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you can not return to your house.
  • Pick local and out-of-town family check-in points for everyone to call if your family gets separated.
  • Make sure everyone knows the phone numbers.
  • Discuss what to do in an emergency.
  • Stock emergency supplies. You should assemble enough supplies to support your needs for three days.

Use the list below or download the Texas Ready Disaster Supply Checklist to help you build your disaster supply kit. 

  • Water
  • Packaged or canned food
  • Can opener
  • Change of clothes/footwear
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Extra pair of glasses
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Battery-operated tone-alert weather radio
  • Battery-powered radio,
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Booster cable
  • Tire repair kit/pump
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable high-energy foods
  • Maps
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire-resistant vegetation and landscaping

Practice and maintain your plan

  • Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills annually.
  • Replace stored water every three months and food every six months.
  • Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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