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Before disaster strikes, have a plan

Posted Sept. 7, 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 1 of a four-part series.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters can affect our area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household.
  • Responsibilities for assisting others.
  • Locations frequented.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs, including devices and equipment.
  • Languages spoken.
  • Cultural and religious considerations.
  • Pets or service animals.
  • Households with school-aged children.

Step 3: Download and fill out a family emergency plan or create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.

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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Senior Health Fair: 10 a.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Stakeholder Update Meeting Floodplain Management Plan Stakeholder Group: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Fort Worth City Credit Union First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Aviation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, 201 American Concourse.
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Board of Commissioners Meeting: 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Public Hearing on Agency Plan: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions Administration Office, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Board of Commissioners Public Hearing: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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East Fort Worth Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017; Handley United Methodist Church, 2929 Forest Ave.

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Special Called City Council Meeting, Public Hearing on Tax Rate and Budget: 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Master Composter Class: 6 p.m. Sept. 22, 2017; Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden at Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane.
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Master Composter Class: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 2017; Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden at Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane.
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Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 25, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Task Force on Race and Culture: 9 a.m. Sept. 25, 2017; Oak Hall, Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Board of Commissioners Special Meeting: 2 p.m. Sept. 25, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 2017; Second Floor Community Room, Intermodal Transportation Center , 1001 Jones Street.
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Historic Preservation Ordinance Public Input Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, 2017; Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 2 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017; City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017; City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Public Hearing on Alternate City Budget and Tax Rate: 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017; City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Public Hearing on Tax Rate (During City Council Meeting): 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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