Emergency Kit for DFW Residents
The Texas Department of Public Safety encourages Texans to have an emergency kit and other disaster preparedness supplies on hand that can help you and your family meet your basic needs during inclement weather or a natural disaster.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, like other major cities throughout the United States, is vulnerable to certain types of inclement weather patterns and natural disasters. The Texas Department of Public Safety encourages Texans to have an emergency kit and disaster preparedness supplies on hand that can help you meet your basic needs during inclement weather or a natural disaster.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is susceptible to specific emergency situations. Most notably, DFW falls within the southern border of the infamous Tornado Alley. While tornadoes in the DFW area are relatively rare, they can be incredibly destructive and dangerous. Flooding is also a concern for this region. Another type of natural disaster to be aware of is the threat of wildfires. When areas are under drought conditions, large grassy fields and farmlands that surround the suburbs and cities are susceptible to catching fire. Even if a wildfire is not in your vicinity, resources used to contain and manage fires can affect access to staples such as food and water. Electrical blackouts, while less threatening, can occur during times of extreme temperatures and weather storms, so it’s important to have warm clothing, bedding, and other supplies during winter in case you’re left without power.
General Supplies for an Emergency Kit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a variety of downloadable resources online, including emergency supply checklists, safety tips, and general preparedness information. Most importantly, an emergency kit should contain a supply of clean water and nonperishable food. In the event of an emergency, you will likely not have time to purchase supplies, and many items may sell out quickly. FEMA and the Texas Department of Public Safety both recommend that each person in your household have a three-day supply of food and water (which should work out to a gallon of water per person, per day). Other important supplies include:
- A first aid kit
- Necessary toiletries, such as toilet paper and toothpaste
- Bedding for every member of your household
- A supply of necessary prescription and over-the counter medication
- Extra sets of clothing
- A hand-cranked or battery-powered radio
For a full list of recommended supplies, download FEMA’s convenient PDF checklist. FEMA recommends having a portable emergency kit with basic supplies mentioned above, in case you need to evacuate your home.
Specific Supplies for DFW Residents
In the event of a severe storm with high winds or a tornado, DFW residents should keep a pair of sturdy boots, long-sleeve shirts, and thick gloves in their emergency kits or emergency shelters. This will help prevent injury from broken windows and other storm debris. If a severe storm or wildfire calls for evacuation, DFW locals should keep a waterproof bag in their portable emergency kit that contains important documents such as deeds and titles, insurance policies, passports, wills, and cash.
Maintaining a well-stocked emergency kit and learning about disaster preparedness can help keep you and your loved ones safe. Preparation and supplies can help bring you peace of mind, too.