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Emergency Preparedness Program

Mike Jones
Hays County Local Health Department
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Phone: 512-393-5538  Email:

The Hays County Local Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates the countywide public health response to large-scale emergencies and disasters – from naturally occurring ones such as a flu pandemic to those caused accidentally, such as a chemical spill, or intentionally by terrorist attack. The program is responsible for disaster planning, response, recovery and training as it relates to public health.

Planning for large-scale disasters efficiently means that a large number of volunteers will be necessary to provide medical, nursing, security and clerical functions, among other tasks. If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer during an emergency situation, please visit or email

During emergencies, tune to your local cable or satellite TV provider’s emergency information station for important announcements.

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Preparedness Kits

Build a Kit

  • Prepare a family disaster/survival kit
  • Maintain a list of emergency telephone numbers
  • Keep a number of a non-local family member you can contact that can notify other family members of your status (It helps to keep telephone calls to a minimum in an emergency)
  • Show family members how to turn off water, gas, and electricity in the case of an emergency
  • Teach family members how to use your home fire extinguisher
  • Three-day supply of drinking water
  • Canned food
  • Manual can opener
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First aid kit that includes critical family member prescription medications
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Cash or traveler’s checks


If Disaster Strikes:

  • Make sure you have adequate clean water
  • Check on neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled
  • Confine or secure your pets, remember that some shelters do not accept pets
  • Stay away from downed power lines or other obvious hazards
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