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It takes a village to be prepared for disasters

Posted Sept. 14, 2017

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September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 2 of a four-part series:

Comprehensive preparedness requires the whole community to participate, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local Neighbors Helping Neighbors approach.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate individuals from their community about simple steps to become more prepared.

Forty-six percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. When the whole community comes together to respond to and help recover from these emergencies, we can often meet the needs of everyone.

The Neighbor Helping Neighbor approach seeks to support state and local agencies, civic organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations that serve the whole community. FEMA works to provide these organizations with additional tools and preparedness training opportunities so they can become more prepared. This includes pointers on creating a Community Preparedness Toolkit.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

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Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 24, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Task Force on Race and Culture: 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2018; University Christian Church, 2720 S University Drive.

Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 2 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway, Suite 2310.
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Fort Worth Local Development Corporation: 2 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Local Development Corporation: 2 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board Work Session: 3 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Active Transportation Projects Open House: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W 3rd St.

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 25, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Metropolitan Area EMS Authority/MedStar Mobile Healthcare: 10 a.m. Sept. 26, 2018; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.
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Hemphill Street Improvements Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2018; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Breakfast at the BAC: Soft Skills of Leadership: 7:30 a.m. Sept. 27, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Business Assistance Center, 1150 S. Freeway.
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Quickbooks for Beginners - Desktop and Online Editions: 9 a.m. Sept. 27, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, 1150 S. Freeway.
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Emergency Physicians Advisory Board: 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2018; TCMS Building, 3rd Floor, 555 Hemphill.
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Collective Bargaining Negotiations between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 1 p.m. Sept. 27, 2018; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Active Transportation Projects Open House: 6 p.m. Sept. 27, 2018; Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Ln.

Responsible Pet Ownership Class: 6 p.m. Sept. 27, 2018; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin Street.

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