Be Ready

How to Stay Prepared

  • Did you know Texas is the nation's leader in the variety and frequency of natural disasters? Flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, sinkholes, erosion, and drought all occur in the state. Locally, we routinely experience flooding and wildfires in Central Texas and specifically in Williamson County.
  • Did you know that floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters? Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed. Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it. They also occur when water fills normally dry creeks or streams or enough water accumulates for streams to overtop their banks, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen within minutes of the causative rainfall, limiting the time available to warn and protect the public. In the U.S. floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, or lightning.
  • Did you know that as many as 90% of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior? Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes, and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10% are caused by lightning strikes and wildfires can spread as fast as 6 mph.
  • Are you ready? Do you or your family have a plan? View resources to protect yourself, your family, and your home.

How to Receive Federal & State Alerts

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How to Receive Local Alerts

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Make a plan now for you, your family, and your pets. Disaster can strike at any time and you need to be prepared in advance before that happens. Do you have a shelter plan? An evacuation route? What about your pets? And how will you communicate with your loved ones?

Step 1

Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

Step 2

Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to creating your own. View the Family Emergency Communication Plan on

Preparedness Materials

Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

Family Communication Plan Fillable Card

Know Your Alerts & Warnings

12 Ways to Prepare

Document & Insure Your Property

Safeguard Critical Documents & Valuables