Emergency Preparedness

A whole-community approach to emergency management requires community members to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations. Take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect you where you live, work, and visit. Visit ready.gov to find more information on how you can prepare for any emergency.

Be Prepared: Click the items below for more information about each area.

The first step in being prepared for an emergency is making an emergency plan. Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do during an emergency.

Your plan should include:

  • Where and how to exit your home safely (doors, windows, and stairways). Know two (2) ways out
  • A location outside your home where you will meet
  • The location of your emergency kit
  • The name of a person outside the area who can act as your family’s point of contact if you get separated at any time. Make sure everyone knows the person’s name, address, and telephone number
  • A list of important telephone numbers and addresses
  • The emergency plan at your children’s school / childcare center / or day program facility
  • A plan for your family in the event you are separated – who could your children call for help or for information?

In an emergency, it may take as many as 3 days, or 72 hours, for emergency services personnel to reach the hardest-hit areas. Gather you emergency supplies and place them in an easily accessible location. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have.

Emergency Supplies:

  • Three (3) day supply of drinking water, two (2) gallons per person per day, and non-perishable food that meets your family’s dietary needs including food for infants, children, seniors, and pets
  • Manual can opener if you include cans
  • Battery powered or crank radio, flashlight (including batteries), and personal alarm or whistle
  • Aluminum foil, duct tape, and plastic wrap to cover vent openings
  • First aid kit, including hand sanitizer
  • Prescription medication, medical supplies, and any special equipment for the family
  • In Case of Emergency information sheet about your particular needs, contact information for your healthcare provider(s), caregiver(s), or personal attendant(s), other emergency contact numbers, and a detailed list of all prescriptions and medications

For Children and Infants:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Medications
  • Favorite Toys

Individuals with access or functional needs should register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). STEAR is a free and voluntary program that provides the San Marcos Office of Emergency Management with additional information on the needs of the community.

Who Should Register?

  • Community Members with disabilities
  • Community Members with functional or access needs such as:
  • limited mobility
  • communication barriers
  • additional medical needs
  • those who require personal care assistance
  • How to Register:

    Go to: https://STEAR.dps.texas.gov

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    Dial 2-1-1 and follow the prompts