Prepare for public health emergencies

Find out what you need to be ready for public health emergencies like natural disasters and disease outbreaks. Be sure you pack an emergency kit, make a plan, and stay informed.

  1. Pack an emergency preparedness kitopen_in_new. Make sure you have enough food and water, medication, and anything else you and your family need for 3 or more days.

  2. Make a plan for where you will meet with your family during an emergencyopen_in_new.

  3. Sign up for emergency alerts, register to get emergency warnings by text, email, or phoneopen_in_new.

Prepare for an emergency

Preparing for public health emergencies is critical to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. Public health emergencies include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Disease outbreaks like pandemic flu
  • Emergencies related to homeland security, such as a biological or chemical terrorist attack

We work closely with other local, state, and federal emergency management authorities to plan and prepare for any emergency that affects the health of the public. For emergency conditions and information on disaster preparedness, visit the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Managementopen_in_new.

Have a plan to stay safe in an emergency

When disaster hits, Austinites need to be ready. Use the online resources from the Texas Department of State Health Servicesopen_in_new to build your plan—including family strategies, handy checklists, and special needs considerations for people with disabilities, the elderly, and pets.


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