Event offers tips for emergency preparedness
By BY DAVID TEWES
July 13, 2010 at 2:13 a.m.
Updated July 14, 2010 at 2:14 a.m.
The peak of hurricane season begins in mid-August and the state is ready to help the Crossroads prepare.
The Texas Department of State Health Services will host a community event Friday as part of its "Ready or Not?" outreach tour to encourage Texans to prepare for hurricanes.
It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the H-E-B Plus store at 6106 N. Navarro St.
Jeb Lacey, the county director of emergency management, encouraged the community to attend.
"If you prepare in advance, you're going to be better off," he said. "That's what we want."
The event will feature a large tent filled with informational displays, a sample disaster supply kit and interactive kiosks where visitors can begin or continue their emergency planning.
Texas Department of State Health Services staff will be available to answer questions. Other local organizations, including emergency management, fire, police and public health departments, will also be available to answer questions.
The goal is to help Texans be ready to respond to and recover from hurricanes as well as other natural and man-made disasters.
More information is available at www.TexasPrepares.org, or in Spanish at www.TexasPrepara.org. These sites offer people a way to build a custom plan step by step.
Lacey said the event will provide people with a chance to meet with different groups to get reliable information and advice on preparedness and resources to guide them in the right direction.
"That way nothing that comes along will be able to keep them and their families from recovering and continuing on in returning to a sense of normalcy," he said.