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Bexar County Disaster Preparedness

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

In order to be fully prepared, you should have all pertinent and proper information in a written plan for easy retrieval.  Some key questions to consider when creating a personal emergency preparedness plan include:


  • Do you have an escape or evacuation route in place?
  • Do you have a designated meeting place in case of separation?
  • Does everyone have a list of contact information including family members out of state who can serve as a point of contact?
  • Do you have a disaster supply kit with necessary supplies?
  • Do you have a first aid kit that includes necessary prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and basic medical supplies?
  • Do you have enough non-perishable food and bottle water?
  • Do you have access to important family documents, including insurance policies, bank, credit card and loan information and family records such as birth certificates and social security cards?
  • Do you have an inventory of valuable household goods?


A well-equipped disaster supply kit should include, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Water- a large enough supply to provide each person with 1 gallon daily for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food- enough to last 3-7 days. Food need to be non-perishable or canned food.  You will also want to include a non-electric can opener, paper plates, and plastic utensils.
  • Bedding including sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Clothing- remember it may be warm, however, you may be working and cleaning and may prefer pants or long sleeves to protect your skin.  You will also need sturdy, closed-toe, non-slip shoes if available.
  • First aid kit including antiseptics or sanitizers and bandages, over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Extra flashlights and batteries.  Oil lanterns also provide a good source of light, if available.
  • Toiletries including toilet paper and hygiene items.  Hand sanitizers are also good to have on hand.
  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries so you can listen to weather service announcements.
  • Cash- you will want some cash and small bills on hand as banks may not be open.
  • Emergency phone numbers and contact information including insurance agent, SERVPRO of Braun Station, and family contacts.
  • Tools, tarps, plastic sheets, trash bags, duct tape, etc. to help make minor repairs.
  • Important documents should be kept in a waterproof bag or plastic sealed container and should include insurance, medical and family records, birth certificates, social security cards, bank account information and a complete home inventory analysis.
  • Gas- fill your car's tank ahead of time if time permits. You may also want to fill plastic gasoline-approved container with gas to store.
  • Pet care items including food, leash and a carrier or cage.


Don't wait until it is too late; prepare now to help protect your family in an emergency or disaster situation.

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