Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 8

Message From The Chief

Hello Texas,

September is National Preparedness Month. Our nation has set aside this month not just to remember the challenges we, as a nation, have overcome but to reinforce the need for all of us to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.

Being prepared is a shared responsibility; it takes the entire community. As individuals, businesses and as civic and community organizations, I encourage Texans to commit to doing at least one of the following simple tasks:

  • Learn about emergencies or hazards in your community and the proper response.
  • Build an emergency kit.
  • Make a communications plan.
  • Get involved in preparedness in your community.

There are many ways to get involved in your community’s preparedness efforts.  I encourage all Texans to consider joining a civic or religious group or one of the many Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) in Texas.

When one area of Texas is struck by disaster, thousands of Texas volunteers from other areas stand ready to reach out and help. They are members of community organizations and faith-based groups who have trained ahead of time so that they can be effective. Texas volunteers make all the difference in helping our communities recover.

What are your plans for remembering 9/11? 
Let me know @chiefkidd on Twitter

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

American Red Cross: Getting Trained

Community Emergency Response Teams   

Texas Division of Emergency Management: Volunteer in Texas

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