Help your family and neighbors prepare for emergencies

Published on September 29, 2022

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Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. The theme for 2022 is “A Lasting Legacy: Prepare for disasters to create lasting legacy for you and your family.”

In the age of cell phones, memorizing numbers is a lost habit. But in the case of an emergency, sometimes a cell phone isn’t available.

Do your children know their phone number? Their address? Do your kids know the best way to leave your home in case of fire? And do they know where the safe place in their home is located?

These questions can be overwhelming to think about all at once. But preparing your children for emergencies can take the form of memory card games, planning events for the family and practicing escape routes. Practice locating the safe place, and role-play what to say if children become separated from parents or need to call 911 and find emergency assistance.

The Fort Worth Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management has a free alert system called Fort Worth Texas Alerts. View a video to learn more. The system replaced Nixle.

Register for texts, phone calls email or a combination of all three by signing up today.



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