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Emergency Management

Emergency management is a comprehensive system to respond to emergencies or disasters impacting the City and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The mission of the City of Dripping Springs Office of Emergency Management (DSOEM) and the Emergency Management Commission is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ENCOMPASSES

PREVENTION/MITIGATION

The first phase in emergency management is Prevention/Mitigation.  Prevention is the action taken to decrease the likelihood that an event or crisis will occur.  Mitigation is the action taken to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage related to an event or crisis, particularly those that cannot be prevented.

PREPAREDNESS

Activities such as planning, training, public education, and outreach to create awareness of potential dangers and increased readiness in our community.

RESPONSE

Use of available resources to meet the needs of the community when disaster strikes. Depending on the severity of the disaster, this can include local, county, State, and Federal resources, to include fire and EMS services, public works, and law enforcement.

RECOVERY

The long range support of restoring the community to pre-disaster conditions. This phase includes damage assessments to public and private property, as well as social services to assist citizens. The length of the recovery phase depends on the magnitude of the disaster.


 Roman Baligad
Emergency Planning Coordinator
rbaligad@cityofdrippingsprings.com
511 Mercer Street
P O Box 384
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Ph: 512-858-4725
 

Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

The City of Dripping Springs utilizes the Warn Central Texas Program to notify residents of emergency situations.  Please click the Warn Central Texas logo to submit your information for FREE emergency notifications. 

                                                                                            

Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for an emergency can be the difference between life and death. It can also mean that you will have various essentials that will make living through an emergency more manageable. Here are some things to remember and prepare in case of an emergency:

Things to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) - PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
    Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Plan for an emergency

It is best to know ahead of time what you will do if you need to react to an emergency. Keep in mind that every emergency is different, but some basic advance planning will go a long way to ensure your safety. Here are some ideas to consider:

• Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
• Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
• Subscribe to alert services. The City of Dripping Springs uses the CodeRed system to send emergency notifications. Be sure your information is current by going to
https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/21C524DBEA1F to update your information.

Help for those that may not be able to help themselves

It is important for emergency responders to know about residents who may not be able to respond by themselves to an emergency situation. Be sure to know about neighbors and family members who may not be reached by normal communications. People with sight and hearing deficiencies, the elderly, or anyone who might need additional assistance will need to be accounted for. The City of Dripping Springs, along with the Dripping Springs Fire Department, is creating a list of residents who may need assistance during an emergency. If you’d like to suggest someone for this list, please call the Dripping Springs Police Department at 512-268-0859. The police department will verify the information and obtain consent from any individuals before finalizing a name of the list.

Keep in mind that emergency situations can arise suddenly and without warning. That is why it is important to prepare in advance should an emergency occur. Be sure to watch and listen to local news reports and check the City of Dripping Springs web site at cityofdrippingsprings.com for the latest information.

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