- West Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
- Abilene's Hazards Analysis
- Prepare Family Documents for Emergencies
- Emergency Supply List
- Lista Escencial De Emergencia
- Emergency Action Checklist
- FEMA Citizen Preparedness Guide. Are You Ready?
- How to Shelter in Place
- Disaster: A Deaf/Hard of Hearing’s Guide for Emergency Preparedness
- STEAR Individual Registration Form*
- Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan for your Family*
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. 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.
City of Abilene-Taylor County CodeRED Emergency Notification System
In the case of an emergency or urgent notification, the City of Abilene has the capability to notify residents via the telephone through a warning system called CodeRED. The system is geographical-based and allows the City to alert citizens based on their location and telephone numbers. A pre-recorded message tells a live person or an answering machine about the specific situation and if any action is necessary.
How to Sign Up for CodeRED...
Click to enroll*, or text "ABITAYTX" to 99411 for a link to enroll.
For step by step instructions, download this guide or call (325) 676-6200 for assistance.
Relocating from Abilene/Taylor County? To opt out of Weather Warning call 1-800-566-9780 from each mobile phone registered with Weather Warning and follow the prompts.
When You Get a CodeRED Call...
You will see the phone number 866-419-5000 appear on your caller ID.
What do I do if I receive a CodeRED message?
- Listen Carefully
- Follow Instructions
- Don’t hang up until the message is complete
- Do NOT call 9-1-1
- Call the number back if you want to hear the message again
- Call 211 if you need additional information
When is the CodeRED System Used...
The system will be used when an emergency situation arises affecting the citizens of Abilene and Taylor County. Examples include but not limited to: a Silver/Amber Alert in Abilene, flooding in a specific area, chemical spill or hazardous waste problem, gas leak, or an evacuation notice. You will only receive a message if you are in the area impacted or it is a city-wide or county-wide notification.
Prepare for crisis situations before they occur. Your family should have an emergency supply kit on hand, with supplies kept in water resistant, easy-to-lift containers that can be moved rapidly if necessary. This suggested supply kit is appropriate for severe weather events as well as other emergencies.
The kit should include:
- First-aid kit
- Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
- Road maps
- Battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries
- Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water** per person per day, coolers for food and ice storage
- Fire extinguisher
- Blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing
- Extra medications and prescriptions, hearing aids and special medical items
- Eyeglasses and sunglasses
- Toilet paper, clean-up supplies, duct tape, tarp, rope
- Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables
- Special supplies needed for babies, older adults or pets
**Remember to change perishable supplies and water every six months.
The Mayor of each incorporated municipality and the County Judge of each county is designated as the Emergency Management Director for each such political subdivision. As the Governor’s designated agents, the Mayor and County Judge may exercise the powers, on an appropriate local scale, granted the Governor by the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.
The Mayor and County Judge may designate an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to serve as an assistant to the presiding officer of the political subdivision for emergency management purposes. Political subdivisions may establish inter-jurisdictional agreements to manage and mutually benefit from local emergency management programs (Abilene & Taylor County, 1994).
Federal dollars routed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)* and administered by DEM under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) are received locally (typically $42,000 annually) to help offset program costs.
Only electronic copies of emergency plans submitted to City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management will be accepted. Please send plans to Jim.Bryan@abilenetx.gov.
Every Business Should Have a Plan
U. S. Department of Homeland Security
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