2-1-1 Texas – Dallas In Disaster
- Make a plan: Discuss warning systems in your community (sirens, media, Reverse 9-1-1). Know the emergency plan for places that you or family members spend time: work, school, day care and others. Designate a meeting place and a back up location. Set aside time, on a regular basis, to discuss your family’s emergency plan.
- Communication: Define how you will you contact each other. Every family member should know family members’ phone numbers and should carry coins, cell phones, or prepaid calling cards. Designate a single point of contact and check in with that person as soon as is safely possible following a disaster.
It may be easier to call to an out of town relative or friend. Even when cell towers are down, texting may still operate on cell phones.
- Emergency Contact: Add a contact to your cell phone address book with the name ICE (In Case of Emergency). Many emergency responders are trained to check for this information if an injured person in unable to communicate.
- Disaster supplies: Make a kit and put it your safe place. It should include supplies for several days—nonperishable food, water, prescription drugs, change of clothing, flashlights, battery operated radio, first aid kit and personal documents.
- Secure: If there’s time, board windows and glass doors and stow other items.
- Contact 2-1-1: If you require evacuation assistance, call 2-1-1 to be placed on the emergency evacuation registry. When disaster strikes, 2-1-1 provides up-to-date evacuation routes, shelters and recovery information.
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