Community Preparedness and Resilience Engagement Event

Posted on Sep 06, 2017

Amarillo, TX – The Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting a Community Preparedness and Resilience event Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Preparedness Month. Agencies from across the community will be on hand to teach the public about hazards possible in our area and ensure that informed decisions and necessary actions are taken in the event of a disaster. The event will take place in the North Exhibit Hall of the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.

New this year is the reveal of an emergency notification system called Ping4Alerts that works utilizing app technology that can be downloaded to your cell phone and the formation of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Amarillo. OEM will also be distributing a new one-of-a-kind custom Emergency Preparedness Guide (EPG) that was developed in-house by employees.

The public is encouraged to attend and learn about hazards that exist in our community including severe weather, fires, hazardous materials, and more. Community agencies will be available to share tips about how you and your family can be better prepared to assist the community in recovering from a disaster.

The City’s Police, Fire, OEM, Environmental Health, Public Health, and Community Development departments will provide preparedness information from public health considerations to developing a family emergency plan. Other participating agencies include:

Amarillo Medical Services

American Red Cross

Atmos Energy

Coffee Memorial Blood Center

High Plains Food Bank

National Weather Service

Panhandle Community Services Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Pantex

Potter County Fire-Rescue

Potter County Sheriff’s Office

Potter-Randall 9-1-1

Texas Panhandle Poison Center

The Salvation Army

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon 2-1-1

Xcel Energy

For those wishing to take on a challenge, a game card will be available and participants are encouraged to visit each agency and learn about preparedness strategies that can be implemented at home, church, school, and work. Those who submit a completed game card throughout the day will be eligible for door prizes that include weather radios, rechargeable flashlights, children’s books, rain gauges, and more.

To learn more about the Community Preparedness event, contact Director of Emergency Management Chip Orton at (806) 378-9315 or [email protected].

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