Is your family prepared for an emergency or disaster?

The final days of September, during National Preparedness Month, is a good time for Fort Worth residents to make sure they are prepared and capable of staying informed during an emergency.

Emergency kits

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management recommends all residents put together a 72-hour emergency kit for their homes and an emergency kit for their vehicle. The 72-hour kits should include everything needed to live for three days after a disaster. Learn about recommended contents of 72-hour kits.

Radio warnings

Emergency managers advise residents to stay informed by receiving early warnings directly from the National Weather Service via a NOAA all-hazards weather radio, available for purchase online or at local hardware and retail stores for $30-$60. Residents will receive emergency information on severe weather and natural disasters, manmade disasters and federal and state disasters.

Outdoor warning sirens

The city will activate the outdoor warning sirens to warn residents who are outside to seek shelter inside a sturdy building and to seek information during severe weather events, an act of terrorism or a manmade disaster.

Nixle

The Office of Emergency Management will also send free emergency text alerts to your cell phone or email to help you stay informed. Register for the Nixle emergency text alerts by determining what ZIP code you want the alerts to cover, such as your home or business, then text that ZIP code to 888777. That’s it, your cell phone is registered.

If you want to sign up for multiple ZIP codes, such as your home and your work, kids’ school or your favorite sports venue or weekend event, you can register online. You can register for three types of messages:

Alert. Emergency situations such as severe weather events or a manmade disaster.

Advisories. Weekly outdoor warning siren tests, street closures, etc.

Community. Grand openings of public facilities, citywide events, public services, etc.

Simply choose which type of text you would like to receive and for which ZIP codes. If you want alerts for all of Fort Worth, enter “FortWorth” instead of a ZIP code.

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management provides these text alerts at no cost to residents. Depending on your personal cellphone package, you may incur a data service charge when you receive the alerts. Check with your service provider to determine if additional charges apply.

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