Emergency Management Information
The Lone Star State encounters at least one major disaster nearly every calendar year. This year devastating severe weather during the months of May and June caused loss of life and property. Families and communities continue long-term recovery and rebuilding lives.
The theme for the 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Use the Emergency Essentials Prep 101: An Introduction to Getting Prepared guide to prepare your family for a crisis.
We encourage everyone to develop an emergency plan for communicating with family and friends and know where you and loved ones will go if an evacuation is necessary. Learn how to assemble a disaster supply kit of important emergency supplies including a first aid kit, a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-operated radio, flashlight, medication, non-perishable food items, and bottled water. You are invited you to take this time to promote awareness, preparedness, and mitigation measures to help prevent and reduce loss of life and property.
For more information about Preparedness Month, please visit the TDEM website: http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/nationalPrepAwareness.htm. Social media users can follow the hashtag #NatlPrep to keep up with the preparedness conversation online.
Other links on preparedness:
Click HERE for Emergency Preparedness information in North Central Texas. Click HERE for a short presentation on Emergency Preparedness. Click HERE for the PrepareAthon Briefing, March 2014.
A PUBLIC HEARING was held on October 3rd by the North Central Texas Council of Governments to discuss the Tarrant County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. Topics included natural and man-made hazards in Tarrant County and possible solutions. For more information, click HERE for the Emergency Preparedness Planning Council website.
HEAT ADVISORY NOTIFICATION CRITERIA:
Excessive Heat Warning: Heat Index > 110 or Temperature > 105 (F)*
Heat Advisory: Heat Index > 110 or Temperature > 105 (F)*
These criteria will be met for a minimum of two consecutive days (forecast or observed) before Tarrant County will issue advisories or warnings of excessive heat. *There is no longer an overnight low criteria. View Image
TEXAS DEPT of STATE HEALTH SERVICES:
Click HERE for the DSHS statement on Health-Related Precautions Following Recent Storms.
FACILITIES HOUSING AMMONIUM NITRATE:
In response to growing concern generated from the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, the State Fire Marshall's Office (SFMO) has developed a web application where citizens can identify facitilies housing Ammonium Nitrate in thier area. Click HERE for more information.
METRO SAFE ROOM REBATE PROGRAM (MSRRP):
NCTCOG has implemented the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program (MSRRP). MSRRP offers homeowners in North Centreal Texas an opportunity to apply for reimbursement for half the cost of installation of a safe room. There are caveats to eligibility. Click HERE for more information or contact NCTCOG at 817-695-9235. The second round of rebates are expected to be allocated in May 2014.
OUTDOOR BURNING BULLETIN: Publication by the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M University
SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Program):
If you or a loved one has special needs, you may require special care to assist you in the event of an emergency or disaster. SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Program) is available to help. Click HERE to register for SNAP.
TORNADO AWARENESS - Basic Safety Tips:
- Go to the lowest possible level of a building or structure (first floor, basement, storm cellar).
- Remain in an interior room with no windows, such as a closet or bathroom.
- Get underneath a sturdy piece of furniture and cover your neck and head.
- Avoid places/rooms with wide-span roofs (cafeterias, gymnasiums, shopping malls).
- Mobile homes are not safe shelters. You should make plans before the storm arrives to get to an appropriate shelter.
- Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to an apartment on the lowest level of the complex. Contact your leasing office.
- Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your automobile. Seek shelter inside a nearby building. Be sure not to choose a large box store with a wide-span roof.
- If you’re stranded outside, lie down in a ditch or low lying area away from any vehicles. Remain aware of possible flash flooding.
- Do not seek shelter underneath a bridge or overpass.
TORNADO AWARENESS - Taking Shelter:
The City of Westworth Village does not have public storm shelters. While they may seem like a good idea, they often come with more risks than benefits to residents including:
- Opening public buildings as storm shelters gives a false sense of security and offers no more protection than a well-built residential structure.
- Traveling to a public storm shelter could put you at greater risk than if you sheltered in place. Traffic is likely to get congested if everyone is heading toward one location. Your vehicle is one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado.
- Tornadoes can happen at night. If a storm wakes you at 2 AM, you likely won’t have enough time to gather your family, load them into a car, and drive to a storm shelter. Sheltering in place affords you the quickest and best protection for a short notice event.
- It would be impossible to shelter even a small percentage of the City’s population. If we were to do this, we would be required to build enough shelters to hold over 6,000 residents.
We encourage all of our citizens to maintain situational awareness during severe weather events and be prepared to shelter in place if necessary.