Residents of The Woodlands are encouraged to develop emergency preparedness plans for their families and neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Services Department, along with The Woodlands Fire Department, can assist residents with these plans through its Get Ready - The Woodlands program, which provides information on how to prepare for both natural and man-made emergencies.

In addition to basic emergency preparedness steps outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Ready.gov Web site, Neighborhood Services provides information that pertains specifically to The Woodlands, including how to obtain information on local services and ways neighbors can work together before and after an emergency.

Neighborhood Services can provide Get Ready presentations that last anywhere from a 15 minute introduction to emergency preparedness to a one hour interactive presentation that provides in-depth training. Our staff can hold these events in a resident's home, a central neighborhood location such as a park, or through community organizations including churches, service organizations or schools.
 
To schedule an emergency preparedness presentation, please contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 281-210-3885.
The basic steps are as outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Ready.gov Web site.
 
Step One: Get a Kit of Emergency Supplies These supplies should include:

Battery-powered radio and extra batteries Filter mask or cotton T-shirt - to help filter the air  First Aid kit  Flashlight and extra batteries Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person Garbage bags and plastic ties - for personal sanitation Manual can opener - for canned goods  Moist Towelettes - for sanitation Plastic sheeting and duct tape - to shelter-in-place Unique family needs - such as medications or baby needs Water - one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation  Whistle to signal for help  Wrench or pliers - to turn off utilities
 
Step Two: Make A Plan Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance:
How you will contact one another? How you will get back together? What you will do in different situations?
Step Three: Be Informed About What Might Happen Assemble your kit and prepare yourself by visiting Ready.gov.
Step Four: Get Involved in Preparing Your Community Join volunteer groups such as CERT. Create a plan with your neighbors to assist each other and share resources.
 
For more emergency preparedness information, please contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 281-210-3885.
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