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Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and flash floods – these are all common occurrences in Texas. Are you prepared? Watch Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare and learn from other Texans who have survived these types of disasters. Then make your plan. It happened to them. It could happen to you.

  • Introduction from Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner
  • 1. Surviving Hurricanes: Grab It and Go
  • 2. A Community Rebuilds: Recovering from Wildfires
  • 3. Back to Business: Planning for Disasters
  • 4. Ready for Anything: Preparing for the Next Flood
  • 5. Winds of Destruction: A County's Lessons
  • 6. Facing Disasters: A Plan for Work and Home
Make A Disaster Plan
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Order the DVD from DSHS’s Online Catalog (search by catalog #: DV0617).
You probably know others who need help getting prepared. Consider holding a screening for your community, business, church, neighborhood or other group. You can incorporate the videos into an existing meeting, or plan a stand-alone event. Use the resources from the documentary toolkit below to plan your screening.
Surviving Disaster Screening Kit Resources
Screening Guide The 13-page guide will show you how to organize and execute successful screening events. (PDF, 125KB)

Emergency Supply Checklist  Print and copy the checklist; then distribute at screening events. (PDF, 704KB)

Emergency Wallet Cards  Print and copy the cards; then distribute at screening events. (PDF, 492KB)

Promotional Poster  Use the pre-designed poster to promote your event. Just fill in date, time and location. (PDF, 248KB)

Promotional e-mail  Publicize your screening event by using this e-mail message or customize as needed. (.doc file, 56kb)

Emergency Document Bag Worksheet  Use this exercise to start a group discussion. (PDF, 211KB)

Trailer  Share the trailer with your invitees by email or social media.

You can order a supply of Emergency Document Bags at DSHS’s online Literature Catalog (search by catalog #: 9-200)
Get On The Map
After you hold a screening, tell us about it and we’ll put your event on the map. Don’t be left out.
The Screening Map shows the areas of Texas where Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare has been shown. Click on a pin to see details about an event. If you have held a screening, get your pin by clicking the “Get on the Map” button below.

Get On The Map
After you hold a screening, tell us about it and we’ll put your event on the map. Don’t be left out.
Map Legend

Being prepared makes a difference. Evidence shows that individuals and communities that make plans and get prepared are able to return to normal faster after a disaster. Listen to what Chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management has to say about disaster preparedness.

  • Message to All Texans
  • Message to Preparedness Leaders
  • Disaster Preparedness FAQ


Photo of panelists at Surviving Disaster video screening
Bob Bullock Center, Arlington, TX

“I loved it. Awesome job. I can’t wait to go back and use it.”

Harvey Convention Center, Tyler, TX

“These are really, really good. I was so impressed with the quality. It was great to see the one on business. That is so often overlooked.”

Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

“We're holding an event this weekend and would love to distribute as many videos as we can. We cover a large number of districts, and it's up to us to get the word out on preparedness. This will be a big help.”

Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX

“The quality of these videos was fantastic! They are very ‘Texas,’ and you can tell. They really spoke to me.”

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