Tips to Keep You Safe: Emergency Preparedness

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. El Paso has and will continue to have its share of natural and man-made disasters. Being prepared and understanding what to do can reduce fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families and individuals should know what to do in a fire, extreme weather event or man-made disaster. They should be ready to evacuate their homes, take refuge in a public shelter, care for their basic medical needs and shelter themselves in place.

Emergency Planning
These tips describe how to ensure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency in your community. If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you. But you need to be ready as well, in the event local emergency responders are unable to reach you immediately. Share this reference with your household. Include everyone in the planning process. Teach children how to respond to emergencies and what to expect.

Home Emergency Checklist

Basic necessities will be provided at emergency shelters if they are activated. Shelter locations will vary depending on the area of the disaster. Follow local authorities instructions when notified of location of shelters. Additional information on this topic is available on the following websites: