Each year in September is "Preparedness Month" and this year theme is "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make a Plan Today." During the month, we will be sharing information about making emergency supply kits, family emergency plans, and more via social media and this webpage. Some of this information is already available on this page under "Preparedness resources for the community" section. Fore more information regarding "Preparedness Month" visit www.ready.gov/september.
Emergency Management uses an all hazards approach to mitigation, planning, response and recovery. Disasters can be natural or man-made, to which the response to is similar; protect life, property and recover to where we were before the event took place.
This approach requires the public and private sectors to exchange information, coordinate, and cooperate completely to achieve the goals of preservation of live, protection of property and the restoration of our community. Modern technology contributes to these goals by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of communication between all parties involved.
For more information on Emergency Management and disaster preparedness, click the links below.
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
American Red Cross
National Weather Service
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Ready.gov- Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
Preparedness resources for the community
The following resources can be found at Ready.gov on their publications page.
If you wish to download one of the below listed PDF files and ha ve trouble, please contact the Chief M att Birch at (903)785-1744 during normal business hours for assistance.
Emergency Supply List
Information to Get Ready
Family Communication Plan for Parents
Family Communication Plan for Kids
Information for Older Citizens
Information for People with Disabilities
Information for Pet Owners
Winter Weather Preparedness
As most of us are aware, the NE Texas climate can change quickly. Because of this our seasons are at times pretty harsh and conditions can go from one extreme to the other in a hurry. Winter is no exception. Winter can also be one of the most dangerous times for some folks in our community as extreme winter weather can literally shut down or make difficult the ability for local governments and businesses to provide basic services. This is why it is imperative that we all do what we can to prepare ourselves for not only disaster, but extreme winter weather.
The Texas Department of Emergency Management website has some preparedness and safety tips for Texans listed. It contains tips and information for winter storm preparedness and supplies, tips for vehicle safety, things to do after a winter storm, information for pet owners, as well as other useful links.
The StormReady program is designed to promote emergency preparedness at the local level and gives communities the ability to strengthen their hazardous weather operations.
According to the National Weather Service, to be recognized as StormReady a community must have:
an established local warning point
have more than one way to received weather alerts and forecasts in order to alert the public
create a system to monitor local weather
must promote public readiness
And develop a plan and train storm spotters
These are just a few of the requirements. For more information on
, visit the program website at
For more information on emergency preparedness, contact Chief Matt Birch at Reno Police department at (903)783-1069 or by email at