Emergency Management

Current Events

  1. Preparing for Wildfires
  2. Returning Home After a Wildfire
  3. Tornado Safety

Preparing for Wildfires

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Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

Having a plan in place will help you prepare quickly, evacuate safely, and settle possible claims faster.

  • Have an Emergency Action Plan: Include details for handling pets & livestock
  • Know How & Where to Evacuate: Know two ways out of your neighborhood & have a predesignated meeting place
  • Evacuate if it's Unsafe: Don't wait to receive an emergency notification if you feel threatened from the fire
  • Check your Insurance: Conduct an annual insurance policy checkup to adjust for local building costs, codes, & new renovations
  • Create or Update a Home Inventory: Settle insurance claims faster.

Visit firewise.org for more details on preparation.

More Ways to Prepare

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  • Recognize Warnings & Alerts: Have several ways to receive alerts, such as CodeRED, the FEMA app, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Be aware of fire danger alerts. Follow the Abilene Fire Department on Facebook for fire danger warnings.
  • Make an Emergency PlanMake sure everyone in your household knows & understands what to do if you need to quickly evacuate. Don't forget to plan for your office, kids' daycare, & other frequented areas.
  • Strengthen Your Home: Use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate, or make repairs. Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris, or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.

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  • Review Important Documents: Make sure your insurance policies & personal documents, like your ID, are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure, password-protected digital space.
  • Know your Evacuation Zone: You may have to evacuate quickly: learn & practice your evacuation route with your household & pets, & identify where you will go. Follow instructions from local authorities.
  • Gather Supplies: Have enough supplies for your household, including a first aid kit, in your go bag or car trunk. Make essential purchases & slowly build supplies in advance. Be cautious when carrying flammable or combustible products. Keep your cell phone charged when wildfires could be in your area, & purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.

The Office of Emergency Management

The City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management develops, maintains, and implements a local community plan for mitigating, managing and recovering from major emergencies and disasters. 

Emergency Management Personnel Training

  1. Emergency Operations Plan
  2. Local Emergency Management
  3.  Assisted Living Emergency Plans

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is consistent with and complements a comprehensive emergency management system for the state of Texas and the United States. Mission accomplishment will reduce the vulnerability of our citizens to injury and loss of life, and lessen the loss of property and damage to the city. This can be achieved by providing a system for the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from natural or man-made hazards, and terrorist threats.