LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and AgriLife Extension agent, Cary Sims says it's important to have a plan in place for your family.
Sims says in East Texas we could be faced with a number of disasters like hurricanes, wildfires or tornados and having surplus supplies and fast access to essential documents and identification is key.
The most common supplies to have on standby is: batteries, medications, identification, flashlight, water and first aid kits.
Sims says families these days are on the go and even without a disaster it's hard to stay in touch so it's important to stop and communicate, develop a plan, practice it and involve you kids in the planning.
Sims says also make a plan for your pets. According to Sims, many times people put themselves in harms way because they don't want to leave their pets behind during times of disaster.
"To prepare for disasters in East Texas there's a number of things we can do," said Sims. "We need to have a plan for what we're going to do, how we're going to communicate with each other, where we're going to go, what supplies we need, what documents do you need to have? There's a burn ban on, what if a wildfire comes through? what documents do you need and what medications do you need? Those are some of the larger ones that come to mind."