Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing September 2021 as Texas Preparation Month. Coinciding with National Preparedness Month, this month is a time to encourage jeans to develop and practice emergency plans to protect their home and property in the event of an emergency or natural disaster by creating a strategy for communication, the decision of an emergency meeting place, the construction of a three-day disaster preparedness kit, and registration for emergency alerts.
“Every September, the State of Texas participates in National Preparedness Month and renews our commitment to promote emergency preparedness in homes, businesses and communities across the Lone Star State,” the governor’s proclamation says. “Right now, I encourage all Texans to keep in mind both natural and man-made disasters. Because the conditions for potential threats can change quickly, it is essential to understand and heed the warnings of local officials and staff. “In order to ensure a better and brighter future for the state of Texas, we need to prepare today for a safer tomorrow.”
See the proclamation of the governor.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management, which is celebrating its second anniversary today as an independent state agency under the Texas A&M university system, also highlights key Ready.gov preparation issues each week during the month of September 2021 at through social media:
Week 1 September 1-4: Make a plan
Talk to your friends and family about how to communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Be sure to update the plan based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control due to coronavirus.
2nd week, September 5-11: Build a kit
Collect supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs that each person or pet may have in case you need to evacuate quickly. Update your equipment and supplies according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 from 12 to 18 September: Economic and free preparation
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Find out about disaster risk in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act quickly if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week 4, September 19-25: Teaching young people about preparation
Talk to your children about how to prepare for emergencies and what to do if you separate. Reassure them by providing information on how they can participate.
Texans can visit https://txready.org for safety tips and resources.