||Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) “Ready or Not? Have A Plan” Midland event. This interactive educational tour offers people a chance to create family emergency plans and learn about emergency preparedness in their communities. The tour is part of the “Ready or Not? Have a Plan” campaign launched by DSHS last fall to encourage Texans to prepare for disasters.
||2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Midland
Media availability 2:30 p.m. including interviews and visuals of the Plan Van, outdoor tent, sample emergency kit, other emergency planning supplies and computer kiosks where people can create their personalized plans.
||Wal-Mart parking lot, 200 W. Interstate 20, Midland
||Art Alvarado and Jerry Damm, DSHS Health Service Region 9/10; Gino Solla, director, Ector County Health Department; Sal Garcia, Midland Health and Senior Services; Dale Little, Midland County Emergency Management; Patrick Repman, Midland City Emergency Management; Patti Lindsey, Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission; Paul O'Neill, Midland City Animal Control; Juanita Castilleja, 2-1-1 Texas; Rikki Upton, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services; Jimmie Birden, American Red Cross of Southwest Texas; and r epresentatives of the Governor's Division of Emergency Management and other public health and emergency response agencies.
||Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time in Texas. The time to plan is now, before a disaster hits.
||For more information on the campaign and to create a personalized emergency plan visit www.TexasPrepares.org (English) or www.TexasPrepara.org (Spanish).
||Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.