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Pandemics, Evacuations, Disasters: How Does Bexar County Prepare For An Emergency?

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In the case of a large-scale emergency, what would you do? 

From power outages and cyber-attacks to threats of terrorism and wildfires, management and preparedness is more than just about avoiding high-water areas during a heavy storm. 

Advanced planning can help save lives during an emergency affecting portions of an expansive city like San Antonio or a majority of its population.

Emergencies also pose a potential public health issue. Excessive heat and the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika and West Nile viruses are already on the radar for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District

What goes into making an emergency plan and how do agencies on various levels of government coordinate in the event of a disaster? How can hazards be avoided and what technologies are being implemented for the public?

What should San Antonio residents know and do to prepare for an emergency in their homes, businesses, and community?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.