Who responds in the event of disaster?

In the emergency and relief phase of a disaster response is agency based.  Individual Agency (police and fire departments) respond when the disaster initially strikes to protect life and property.  Government and Private Sector Agency establish service programs providing assistance aimed at assuring a safe, secure and functional environment for survivors-food, clothing, shelter and health care.  Community/Faith Based Agencies work together to coordinate efforts and to share scarce resources. We also provide for emergency needs that individual care-givers are not prepared to address.
In the event of a disaster you may need to survive on your own. Disasters can strike quickly and sometimes without warning. So it is important to plan for a disaster in advance.  This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.  Here are some suggestions on how to be prepared:

Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

The following websites will give you more detailed information on how to Prepared for a Disaster:

www.texasprepares.org
  • Get help on making an Emergency Family Plan
  • Get a Supply Kit check list/ Build a Kit
  • Learn about Disasters
www.NOAA.gov
  • Get the most up to date weather updates
  • Get Active Weather Alerts
www.FEMA.gov
  • Plan & Prepare Kit lists
  • Apply for Disaster Assistance After a declared Disaster
  • Disaster & Maps

Jefferson & Orange County

All Needs

All of Texas:
For All Available Resources dial 211
(211 is open 7 days a week)

Food Pantry's

Jefferson and Orange County:
South East Texas Food Bank 409-839-8777
(Call to get the closest food pantry location near you)

Clothing

Orange County:
Orange Christian Services 409-886-0938
Salvation Army 409-883-4232
Jefferson County:
Salvation Army 409-896-2361
United Board of Missions 409-962-5661

Insurance Problems

All of Texas:
Texas Department of Insurance 800-252-3439

Legal Assistance

Jefferson and Orange County:
Loan Star Legal Aid 409-835-4971

Home Repairs

Jefferson and Orange County:
Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission 409-899-8444
(Hurricane Ike related)

Aging Services

Jefferson and Orange County:
Area Agency on Aging 409-899-8442 (ext. 150)

Counseling

Jefferson and Orange County:
MHMR 409-839-1002
Sexual Violence 409-835-3355

Employment

Jefferson and Orange County:
Texas Work Force Comission
Port Arthur 409-962-1236
Orange 409-882-0302
Beaumont 409-839-8045

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