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Texas Survival Stories Show Need for Disaster Plans

News Release
May 11, 2011

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released its Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare documentary series about Texas disasters and emergency preparation.

The series is now available to view online at TexasPrepares.org.

“The series puts a human face on disasters and reinforces how to prepare,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner. “We are putting the documentaries into the hands of people across Texas so they can hold a screening locally, share them with others and create or improve their disaster plans.”

This short-documentary series shows the impact a disaster can have on a community. The series features Texans telling stories of survival and sharing lessons they learned. Six eight-minute stories, produced in English and Spanish, make up the series. They are called:

  • Surviving Hurricanes: Grab It and Go – Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula
  • A Community Rebuilds: Recovering From Wildfires – Montague County
  • Back to Business: Planning for Disasters – Beaumont
  • Ready for Anything: Preparing for the Next Flood – Del Rio
  • Winds of Destruction: A County’s Lessons – Maverick County
  • Facing Disasters: A Plan for Work and Home – Rio Grande Valley

The videos will be used as a tool for preparedness workers and community organizations to promote disaster preparedness in their areas. The contents of the DVD “extras” folder and documents at TexasPrepares.org can help viewers create their plans.

“Each year brings the threat of disasters and emergencies to Texas – from hurricanes and floods to tornadoes and wildfires,” said W. Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management. “Being prepared for emergencies can help save lives and protect property. These videos are an excellent tool to help build public awareness about the need for everyone to have emergency plans in place.”

“The series helps people visualize the impact of disasters and compels them to make a plan,” Lakey said.

The series was produced as part of the state’s Ready or Not campaign. Originally launched in 2007, Ready or Not is an ongoing multilingual public education campaign of DSHS to encourage Texans to prepare for emergencies. Through the campaign, the state provides resources that can be used locally to help Texans prepare, respond and recover if disaster strikes.

House Bill 1831 of the 81st Legislative Session directed DSHS to establish a program to educate Texans on disaster preparedness and appropriated funds for the effort, which includes the documentary series.


(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, Press Officer, 512-458-7119 or 512-965-7198)

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Last updated December 27, 2013