In an actual emergency, we are often forced to rely on our own resourcefulness. It's simply a matter of knowing how to react when disaster strikes.
Consider that in 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or the victims themselves are the first to provide emergency help or to perform a rescue. Couple that with how often emergency personnel are overwhelmed during severe disasters like hurricanes and floods, and may face delays while trying to reach local neighborhoods.
That's why residents should plan and prepare before a disaster strikes; stay informed before, during, and after a disaster, and get to know neighbors, particularly those too elderly or too ill to independently plan and prepare themselves for a disaster.
Communication and planning are key to keeping our families, homes, and neighborhood safe from the threats of crime, terrorism, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.
When individuals and their neighborhoods are prepared to mutually assist each other in the event of a disaster, lives can be saved, property can be spared, and emergency services can focus on reaching the most devastated areas first.
That's why Houston-area residents should:
Make a Plan
Build a Kit
Know Their Neighbors
The Ready Houston program offers a 90-minute training class called "Neighborhood Ready," which is facilitated by a member of your community. The course covers topics such as determining if you and your neighbors are ready, understanding what disasters could affect your neighborhood, making a plan, building a kit, knowing your neighbors, and staying informed.
On this website, you can find information on how to have a Neighborhood Ready session in your area, download copies of the Neighborhood Ready Participant Guide, and learn how to become a Neighborhood Ready facilitator.