North Central Texas residents are all too familiar with how rapidly events change. With experiences in both man-made and natural hazards, life has trained citizens to be on alert. City and county governments are hard at work to make sure people are protected. It is a team effort, ensuring that each person will be ready. This is why Irving’s Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared before an emergency occurs.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared September as National Preparedness Month. The city encourages both residents and businesses to:
- Be Informed. It is important to know what types of hazards can affect this area and how to be prepared. Irving residents and businesses face hazards such as flooding, severe weather and earthquakes.
- Make a plan with your family. If you are separated when an emergency occurs, it is important to have a plan to meet and connect. Know where the meeting spots will be before an emergency occurs.
- Get a Kit. Build an emergency supply kit with food, water and essential items that you and your family will need if you had to leave your house very quickly.
- Get Involved. Learn about volunteer opportunities available in the community. For example, the OEM offers training and volunteer opportunities designed to help keep Irving safe in the event of an emergency.
The City of Irving and its Office of Emergency Management encourage residents and businesses to be ready at a moment’s notice. Begin by following the City of Irving Facebook and Twitter social channels, as well as subscribing to iAlert and Alert Center notifications. Each week this month, another avenue of preparedness will be discussed.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/september.