September is National Preparedness Month.
Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can! The Wichita Falls Police Department encourages you to take the following steps to make sure you, your family, and your neighbors are ready.
1. Create an emergency plan. Put together a plan with your family and your neighbors by discussing these questions. What is your shelter plan? What is your evacuation route? What is your communication plan?
2. Consider the specific needs of your family and your neighbors. Does anyone have special dietary and/or medical needs? What will you do with your pets? Are there people in your neighborhood with disabilities?
3. Review your emergency plan with your family and share it with your neighbors on Nextdoor.
4. Practice your plan with your family and your neighbors.
In the event of an emergency, the Wichita Falls Police Department will use Nextdoor, along with other communication tools, to keep your neighborhood as informed as possible.
If you haven’t done so already, consider inviting more of your neighbors to join by having Nextdoor send postcard invitations to your nearby neighbors. You can find instructions for doing so here: http://bit.ly/NextdoorPostcards. You can find more resources here: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.