Create an Emergency Plan, KnoWhat2Do!

July 3, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

When seconds count, knowing what to do can make all the difference. During disasters, first responders can get overwhelmed.

You can help by being prepared to take action during an emergency.

  • Create and practice an emergency plan.
  • Take the time to learn about potential hazards in your area and talk to your family about the right ways to respond to them.
  • Make accommodations for family members with special needs and your pets.
  • Identify a place to reunite in case you have to evacuate your home.
  • Have copies of important documents in a waterproof container. 
  • Seek shelter in an inner small room or basement, away from windows, during severe weather or a tornado.  
  • Choose an out-of-town contact and make sure every family member knows their number. An out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Put together an emergency supply kit for your home and car. Remember to check your kit yearly and update important documents. For a list of items to have in a kit, visit
  • Keep up to date on all types of emergencies 24 hours a day with a NOAA Weather Radio. A NOAA Weather Radio can be purchased at many local retailers and can cost as little as $20. The radios can be programmed to provide you with emergency information for your area. The codes for our surrounding counties are below.
    • Tarrant County — 048439
    • Denton County — 048121
    • Parker County — 048367
    • Wise County — 048497

For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, visit or call the City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-6170.


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