||Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) “Ready or Not? Have A Plan” Amarillo 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. Monday, March 17, Amarillo
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 build their personalized plans.
||Wal-Mart parking lot, 4215 Glen Canyon Dr., Amarillo
||Susan Stokes, DSHS Health Service Region 1, Amarillo; Bea Loya, Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District; Hector Mendoza, assistant director, Amarillo Department of Public Health; Richard Todd, public health preparedness coordinator, Amarillo Department of Health; Vickie Richmond, executive director, Texas Panhandle Red Cross; Kelly Stephens and Desire Mosteller, 2-1-1 Texas; and representatives 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.