What is a Disaster?

  • An occurence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe
  • A grave misfortune
  • Informal - a total failure
  • Disaster = Needs > Resources

What to Expect After a Disaster?

  • Delayed response from first responders
  • No utilities
  • No cell phone service
  • Collapsed buildings, fires, road blockages
  • Physical and mental trauma

Preparing makes sense

The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or disaster. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when a disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.

Preparedness links

Helpful Tips from FEMA

Sujerencias de parte de FEMA

Ready El Paso Survey

Family Emergency Plan

Basic Tips