People who need extra help

Many people face extra problems in preparing for and responding to a public health emergency or a natural disaster. Ready or Not? considers the needs of all residents in getting ready for emergencies. That is why it is so important to make a plan and get your family and community prepared.


Helping those who face physical, economic, social or cultural barriers can save lives. Working with community partners can help provide timely and useful information during a disaster to every resident, including those hardest to reach.


Are you ready if basic services like water, gas, electricity or telephones are lost? What if that did happen and you were:


If members of your community are in these situations, you can prepare yourself and your community by making a plan today.
Use the resources on this site to prepare a disaster plan. The links on the left-hand navigation bar can help at-risk populations create a disaster plan.


To also learn basic disaster response skills like fire safety, light search/rescue, and disaster medical operations, visit for information about how to get your community prepared.

Do you or anyone you know need some assistance during an emergency event? Register on the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). The STEAR is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community. For more information or to register visit

Preparedness Resources

American Sign Language (ASL) Resources

Emergency Forms (PDF)