Emergency Preparedness

A whole-community approach to emergency management necessarily requires that community members take responsibility and prepare for emergency situations. Emergency responders do a great job keeping people safe, but they can't do it alone. Take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect you where you live, work and visit.

Be Prepared:

The first step in being prepared for an emergency is making an emergency plan. Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do during an emergency.

Your plan should include:

  • Where and how to exit your home safely (doors, windows and stairways)
  • A location, outside your home, where you will meet
  • The location of your emergency kit
  • The name of a person away from the emergency who can act as your family’s contact if you get separated at any point. Make sure that everyone knows this person’s name, address and telephone number
  • A list of key telephone numbers and addresses
  • The emergency plan at your children’s school / childcare center / or day program facility
  • A plan for your family in case you are separated – who could your children call for help or for information?

In an emergency, it may take as much as 3 days, or 72 hours, for emergency services personnel to reach the hardest-hit areas. Gather you emergency supplies and place them in an easily accessible location. You’ll probably be surprised at how much you already have.

Emergency Supplies:

  • Three day supply of drinking water (2 gallons per person per day) and non-perishable food that meets your family’s dietary needs including food for infants, children, seniors and pets
  • Manual can opening if you pack cans
  • Battery powered or crank radio, flashlight (including batteries) and personal alarm or whistle
  • Aluminum foil, duct tape and plastic wrap to cover vent openings
  • First aid kit, including hand sanitizer
  • Prescription drugs, medical supplies and special equipment for the family
  • In Case of Emergency information sheet about your particular needs, including contact information for your healthcare provider(s), caregiver(s), or personal attendant(s), and other emergency contact numbers including your veterinarian, and a detailed list of all prescriptions and medications

For Children and Infants:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Medications
  • Favorite Toys

Individuals with disabilities, or individuals with functional or access needs can sign up with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry. STEAR is a free, voluntary program that provides San Marcos Emergency Management and our local responders additional information on the needs of the community.

Who Should Register?

  • People with Disabilities
  • People with functional or access needs such as:
  • People who have limited mobility
  • People who have communication barriers
  • People who require additional medical assistance
  • People who require transportation assistance
  • People who require personal care assistance
  • How to Register:

    Go to: https://STEAR.dps.texas.gov

    - OR -

    Dial 2-1-1 and follow the prompts