"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
– BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Emergency preparedness is the advanced planning necessary for managing an emergency. The Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Kennedale is Fire Chief Mike McMurray, who has developed and categorized a series of plans for all likely emergencies. These plans mirror others in the region, and will integrate with county, state, and federal emergency plans, if necessary.
City employees receive specialized training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), where they learn to function effectively in emergencies. The City of Kennedale also utilizes a reverse 9-1-1 system, which would allow officials to disseminate instructions and alerts to residents efficiently.
Preparations for an Emergency Regardless of the type of disaster, preparation is key. Contact your Local Red Cross Chapter, visit the FEMA website or Ready.gov to make sure you are aware of the potential for natural disasters in your community. After you have identified the types of disasters that could strike where you live, create a family disaster plan that can apply to any type of disaster - natural, unintentional, or intentional.
Practice your plan so that everyone will remember what to do in an emergency. Everyone in the home, including children, should play a part in the family's response and recovery efforts. Remember: make the plan simple so everyone can remember the details. Families should prepare an Emergency Supplies Kit also. This kit should have enough supplies to maintain your entire family for at least 72 hours.