Media Advisory
November 12, 2007



Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Ready or Not? Have A Plan” Waco event. This interactive educational tour offers people a chance to create family emergency plans and learn about emergency preparedness in their communities. The tour, which includes 13 stops between Oct. 29 and Nov. 15, is part of the “Ready or Not? Have a Plan” campaign launched by DSHS Oct. 29 to encourage Texans to prepare for disasters.


2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Waco
Media availability 2:30 p.m. including interviews and visuals of the Plan Van, Waco Fire Department's Safe House, outdoor tent, sample emergency kit, other emergency planning supplies and computer kiosks where people can build their personalized plans


Wal-Mart parking lot, 4320 Franklin Ave., Waco


Roger Barker, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District director; Nick Serna, mitigation expert, FEMA; J.P. DeMeritt, director of disaster services, Heart of Texas Chapter, American Red Cross; and representatives of DSHS, Waco Fire Department, Governor's Division of Emergency Management and other public health and emergency response agencies

Why: Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time in Texas. The time to plan is now, before a disaster hits.
Web: For more information on the campaign and to create a personalized emergency plan visit www.TexasPrepares.org (English) or www.TexasPrepara.org (Spanish).
Contact: Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.
Last updated August 11, 2010