Get Ready Now

LIBERTY, May 21, 2013 - As we have seen in Texas and Oklahoma in the last week, tornados can occur without much warning. Recent weather forecasts indicate severe weather – including the potential for high winds, torrential rain, flash flooding and tornadic activity - is expected in parts of Texas today and the next several days.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management urges Texans to review their personal plans in the event of a serious emergency.  Family members may not all be in the same place when disasters strike, so it is important to ensure your family and friends know what to do when the threat of a disaster is nearby or directly impacts your community. Make sure you establish plans to address communications, have an emergency kit, and make other necessary preparations that will assist in keeping you safe. 

The following links can assist with building a plan and checklists of items that will help prepare you and your family for a disaster:

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Preparedness/tips/tornadoSafetyTips.htm
http://texasprepares.org/English/information-tornadoes.shtml
www.texasprepares.org
www.ready.gov

It is also critical for residents to follow weather reports and be prepared for changing weather conditions:

http://www.weather.gov/

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those in our neighboring state of Oklahoma and those impacted by the tornadoes in Texas last week. 

The destruction we have all seen in the media coverage of these devastating disasters is a reminder of the sheer power theses storms and severe weather events are capable of – and it is a reminder that we must prepare now.

Volunteering & Donations

As Texans we all understand the urge to help our neighbors, and many of us want to reach out to our Oklahoma neighbors today.  It is important to volunteer and donate in a way that will best help the impacted communities. Spontaneous volunteers and random donations unfortunately are more problematic than helpful.  The most effective way the public can assist is to support the experienced disaster relief organizations with either financial contributions or in-kind goods and services that the organizations report are needed.  Contact volunteer organizations, churches, and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). 

The following are links to some of these organizations in Oklahoma:

http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city
http://salvationarmyokcac.org/
https://okvoad.communityos.org/cms/home

 

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