We can’t prevent natural disasters, but we can be prepared for them.  When creating emergency plans one core piece is understanding what disasters may be possible for your area.  Having this information will help you know what actions to take with each scenario and which decisions will be best.

The Dallas, TX area is at high risk for several natural disasters.  Preparation will be the best way to keep you and your family safe should an emergency occur.  Our list will provide useful information for your emergency planning.

Drought

  • A drought is a period of reduced rainfall that results in a water shortage.
  • Drought planning will prepare you for these dry periods.
  • State and local restrictions on water use should always be observed and obeyed. You can find City of Dallas water restrictions at https://savedallaswater.com/

Earthquakes

  • Earthquakes cause sudden and rapid shaking of the ground due to shifting rocks underneath the earth’s surface. They typically come with little warning and can cause major injuries and damage.
  • All 50 states in the U.S. are at some risk for earthquakes.
  • All households should be prepared for the possibility of an earthquake and have adequate emergency plans in place.

Extreme Heat

  • Extreme heat is an extended period of time with consistent temperatures 10 degrees or higher above normal along with high levels of humidity.
  • These conditions can occur quickly and without warning. They can be dangerous or even life-threatening.
  • Young children, older adults, and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk.
  • Most heat-related illnesses are preventable.  Pay attention and follow all guidelines to remain safe.

Tornadoes

  • Tornadoes are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending to the ground from thunderstorms. During these storms winds can range from 40-250 mph with damage paths exceeding one mile wide and 50 miles long.
  • Tornadoes are extremely unpredictable and occur anywhere, anytime.
  • They are most likely to appear near the edge of a thunderstorm, often with clear skies behind them.
  • It is imperative to stay informed and follow all warnings. Have emergency procedures in place including a prepared safe room.

Thunderstorms

  • Thunderstorms are storms that include rain, lightning, and wind. Hail, flash floods, and tornadoes can also be associated with these dangerous storms.
  • Lightning is common with thunderstorms and is the leading cause of death and injury from weather-related hazards.
  • Pay attention to thunderstorm warnings and know how to stay safe when thunderstorms are near.

Floods

  • When soil, drains, and pipes can no longer carry away excess rainwater, floods occur. Flash floods can occur when large amounts of water fall in a short amount of time.
  • Floods can happen anytime, anywhere. Low-lying areas near creeks, streams, or culverts are more likely to see flooding.
  • Flood risk varies. Check this Flood Hazard Map to assess your risks.
  • Have a flood emergency plan in place and check to be sure you are properly covered by your insurance company. Most often, flood insurance requires an additional policy.

Winter Storms

  • Winter storms can quickly become very dangerous. They often bring with them extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.
  • Storms may last a few hours or a few days.
  • Heat, power, and communication can easily be knocked out during these storms.
  • Have your home prepared for possible winter weather and conditions. Know what to do to stay safe and pay attention to winter weather watches, advisories, and warnings.  They can be found at weather.gov.

Knowledge about your area and the possible risks is a big part of emergency planning.  Taking the time to get your family prepared and as ready as possible will be a big help in any emergency situation.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://dallascityhall.com/departments/officeemergencymanagement/Pages/Natural-Disasters.aspx

https://nisar.jpl.nasa.gov/files/nisar/NISAR_Applications_Hazards_Texas.pdf

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