Saturday, May 13, 2023

HSEM Hosts Emergency Preparedness Pop-Up Event May 17

As potential heavy rains approach the region, the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) urges the community to prepare for flash flooding this weekend. 

In an effort to help our community be better prepared for all hazards, HSEM will host an Emergency Preparedness Pop-Up at the Menchaca Road Branch Library at 500 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This pop-up event is part of a monthly series hosted in each City Council District throughout the year. HSEM hosts Emergency Preparedness Pop-Ups on the third Wednesday of each month. 

In May, HSEM along with representatives from City departments will be on site to provide tips, information, and emergency supplies. The first 25 guests will receive an emergency supply kit, with a limit of one per household. 

 “The Emergency Preparedness Pop-Ups are a great opportunity for our communities across Austin to find out how to be ready before an emergency,” said Juan Ortiz, Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “Central Texas is susceptible to a wide range of disasters including flooding, wildfires, and severe thunderstorms. It is important for our community to know what they need to do when these emergencies arise and how to plan for their safety.” 
Learn more about how to stay safe during possible flash flooding from the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department and follow @AustinHSEM and @atxfloods on social media for up-to-date weather information over the weekend. 

To learn more about how to be prepared before an emergency, including upcoming Emergency Preparedness Pop-Ups, visit