Thursday, October 22, 2020

Stay Prepared While on the Go – How to Prepare Your Vehicle Emergency Kit

National Preparedness Month is not limited to safety at home, it also expands to being prepared while on the go.

Whether your daily commute consists of work, home, school or long-distance trips, every driver should be prepared in the event an emergency happens while you’re in your car.

So how do you make a vehicle emergency kit? You can start gathering items you might need during an emergency.

You should also consider customizing your kit by adding items according to the size of your household. A family with small children may need essentials such as diapers, wipes and children’s medicine and a household with small pets may need extra bowls or food. Either way, personalizing your vehicle emergency kit will help you better prepare for those untimely events.

Here’s a list of items to keep in your vehicle:

  • Spare Tire
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tool Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Reflective Triangles and Vest
  • Rain Poncho
  • Blanket
  • Drinking Water and Nonperishable Food
  • Cell Phone Charger for Your Car
  • Duct Tape
  • Emergency Contact Info

Remember to check items every four to six months to avoid items from expiring. For more information on safety and preparedness, check out our Get Prepared webpage.

How the City can Help You Get Your Yard Ready

The first day of spring is just days away, is your yard ready? If not, it’s perfectly fine, the good news is the City of Southlake offers a variety of programs to assist residents with their yard necessities, from irrigation systems, to mosquito traps, to landscaping, we’ve got you covered.

If you need help with your irrigation system, sign up for our W.I.S.E. Guys program. W.I.S.E. Guys is a voluntary water conservation program designed to help you understand how to run your irrigation system more efficiently. First, make sure you have an EyeOnWater account. Then, all you need to do is fill out the signup form and you will receive an automatic email from the program confirming you have signed up for an evaluation. A licensed irrigator will set up an appointment with you and perform an evaluation on your sprinkler system with you.  You can even apply for a rebate of up to $200 if you make any of the recommended repairs!

The City also helps with mosquito control efforts to reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted disease. Our Office of Emergency Management can check your yard for mosquito-prone areas, all you have to do is call 817-748-8903 or email oem@ci.southlake.tx.us

If you need to know what to plant and where to plant, our Environmental Coordinator can provide you with resources to help you select native and adaptive North Texas plants for your landscaping. You can reach her at acarlisle@ci.southlake.tx.us, or you can check out our region’s Texas SmartScape website. After you’re done with planting, Republic Services offers bulk trash pickup so you can haul away your spring trimmings.

With these services available at your fingertips, your yard will be the envy of all yards.

Fight the Bite: Fight Mosquito Bites with the Four Ds

Few animals on Earth evoke the aggravation that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and bothersome presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our intent, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat.

The months of April through November are prime months for mosquito breeding and nuisance biting. The City of Southlake Office of Emergency Management and the Tarrant County Health department conduct vector control measures to test for diseased species and conduct ground spraying on public property. With that being said, the best weapon for protection against mosquitoes is personal responsibility.

The American Mosquito Control Association suggests understanding and following the four Ds to help protect yourself from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Mosquito problems originate from water-filled containers or areas of standing water, as immature mosquitoes require water to develop. Eliminate standing water whenever possible in places such as buckets, gutters, pet water dishes, tree holes, abandoned swimming pools or tires, and other areas capable of breeding mosquitoes.
  • DUSK/DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquito that carries the Zika Virus is active during the daytime hours, so be sure to protect yourself at all times.
  • Dress: Close to 200 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and can easily bite through tight-fitting garments. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to avoid mosquito bites. Long sleeves and pants will provide the most protection.
  • Defend: Use a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and apply according to the label directions.

So City of Southlake, let’s take on the challenge to fight the bite by taking the necessary steps to help prevent mosquito bites for you and your family. Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 817-748-8624 or 817-748-8903.

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