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Posted Nov. 29, 2018

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Be truthful with yourself: if a natural disaster or massive terrorist act happened in Fort Worth, are you and your family prepared to seek shelter in your residence for an extended period? If your answer is no, it’s never too late to start preparing.

While the likelihood of a major disaster or a large-scale terrorist act happening in Fort Worth is small, there is still a chance. Severe weather can strike at any time of the year in North Central Texas. Remember the tornado that struck Garland on Dec. 26, 2015, and the cobblestone ice storm of 2013?

Manufacturing and transportation accidents involving dangerous materials happen frequently on a smaller scale, and there are plenty of opportunities for people with bad intentions to make a name for themselves.

Residents of North Central Texas should take steps to prepare for any type of incident by making plans, building emergency kits for both their home and vehicle and practicing what actions they will take if the need arises. It’s always best to be prepared for uninvited trouble, whether it comes or not.

You can get preparedness information and tips by visiting the regional KnoWhat2Do website.

Residents can also help local law enforcement by keeping an eye out for suspicious activities in their workplace and neighborhoods. Call 911 for emergencies, or in a non-emergency situation, call 817-392-4222.

If you hear something or read a social media post about someone planning or threatening violent attacks, contact the Fort Worth Police/Homeland Security Unit hotline at 817-392-6677.

You are the eyes and ears of the community, so if you See Something, Say Something. Help keep Fort Worth safe.

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Regional Transportation Council : 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; North Central Texas Council of Governments, First Floor, Transportation Council Room, 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor, Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners: 5 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Intersection Improvements Basswood at U.S. 377 and Kroger Drive at U.S. 377 Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Alliance United Methodist Church, 7904 Park Vista Blvd.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, First Floor, Pharma Fab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Holiday Movie Night at North Tri Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 2018; North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Mayor Betsy’s Jingle Bike & Ball: 10 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Chesapeake Plaza, 100 Pier 1 Plaza.

Trinity Metro Board of Directors: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor, Community Room, 1001 Jones Street.
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Disciplinary Appeal of Three-Day Suspension of Roger Ballard: 9 a.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, Classroom #1134, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee Special Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Christmas Social at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

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