July 8, 2010
The Texas Department of State Health Services along with state and local
officials today launched this year’s Ready or Not? multilingual public education
campaign to encourage Texans to prepare for emergencies.
“Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or flood, a disaster can strike when we
least expect it, and we want people to be prepared,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS
commissioner. “We’re one month into hurricane season, but it’s not too late to
put together a plan.”
Ready or Not? or ¿Estás Listo? in Spanish uses radio, television, newspaper
and online advertising; community outreach events; and its websites to encourage
every Texan to create an emergency plan now. The goal is to help Texans be ready
to respond to, and recover from, any natural or man made disaster.
This year’s launch took place at the Island Community Center in Galveston
with local officials presenting information about how to prepare. The Galveston
event also marked the kickoff of the 15-city Ready of Not? community outreach
The yearlong Ready or Not? campaign focuses on three key elements: family,
essentials and information.
Family. Talk with everyone in your family about your emergency plan.
Know where your family will meet if you have to evacuate. Include elderly
neighbors and people with disabilities who may depend on you for help. Have a
list of emergency contacts. And remember your pets.
Essentials. Make a shopping list of essential items you need. Store
those emergency supplies in one place. Put copies of all essential documents –
driver's license or passport, insurance policies, health cards and prescriptions
– in a waterproof bag.
Information: Know how to get information in an emergency. Have a
battery-operated radio on hand with plenty of fresh batteries.
Ready or Not? partners include local emergency management officials,
community based organizations with emergency preparedness and response/recovery
roles, and other grassroots organizations.
The website at www.TexasPrepares.org or www.TexasPrepara.org offers people a way
to build a custom plan step by step. Those without Internet access may dial
2-1-1 for help finding local sites that offer free Internet access.
The Ready or Not? community outreach tour will hold 18 events in 15 cities
this summer beginning today in Galveston. Additional stops are planned
throughout the month of July in Pasadena, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Lufkin, League
City, Tyler, Houston, Bay City, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Harlingen,
Brownsville, McAllen and San Antonio. Each free event will feature a 20-foot by
20-foot tent filled with informational displays, sample disaster supply kits and
an interactive kiosk where visitors can begin or continue their emergency
The Ready or Not? campaign will run through August 2011.
(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS
Acting Press Officer, 512-458-7119 or 512-965-7198.)
DSHS Press Office on Twitter