NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

November 15, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan, 512-463-0119

Carlos Uresti Urges Texans to Prepare for Emergencies
By Senator Carlos I. Uresti

San Antonio, TX -- The Texas Department of State Health Services has launched a campaign encouraging Texans to prepare for potential disasters - from hurricanes to influenza. The "Ready or Not? HAVE A PLAN" or "¿Estás Listo? HAGAMOS UN PLAN" Campaign uses radio, television, newspaper, and outdoor advertising; community outreach events; and an interactive web site to encourage people to create an emergency plan.

In recent years, Texas has experienced many natural disasters and Senate District 19 has been especially afflicted this past year. From the tornadoes that hit Maverick County to the severe flooding that occurred in Bexar, Medina, and Uvalde Counties, severe storms, tornadoes, wildfire, hurricanes, and other disasters can strike at any time in Texas. The most important way to protect your family and yourself is to be prepared. Protecting your family means taking time to make a Family Plan before disaster strikes.

The web site at or offers people a way to build a custom plan online. A number of interactive features allow users to get a list of documents that families should put in a waterproof storage bag and keep in a safe place, a customized emergency supply list, wallet-size cards to designate emergency contacts and links to emergency information. Those without Internet access may call 2-1-1 for help with developing an emergency plan and kit and for referrals to local sites that offer free Internet access.

The "Ready or Not?" campaign runs through July 2008.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information, please contact Diana Martinez at 512-463-0119.