Emergency Preparedness Information

Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness
Get ready now. Tornadoes and flash flooding can occur without much warning. In Texas forecasts sometimes indicate severe weather - including the potential for high winds, torrential rain, flash flooding and tornadic activity.

For local emergencies use the following the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page for up to date information. The Texas Division of Emergency Management urges Texans to review their personal plans in the event of a serious emergency. Family members may not all be in the same place when disasters strike, so it is important to ensure your family and friends know what to do when the threat of a disaster is nearby or directly impacts your community. Make sure you establish plans to address communications, have an emergency kit, and make other necessary preparations that will assist in keeping you safe.

It is also critical for residents to follow weather reports and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

 The links below can assist with building a plan and checklists of items that will help prepare you and your family for a disaster:
​Hazard Mitigation Plan Development

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) is federal legislation that requires proactive, pre-disaster planning as a prerequisite for some funding available under the Robert T. Stafford Act. The DMA encourages state and local authorities to work together on pre-disaster planning. The planning network called for by the DMA helps local governments articulate accurate needs for mitigation, resulting in faster allocation of funding and more cost-effective risk reduction projects. 

Hazard mitigation is the use of long- and short-term strategies to reduce or alleviate the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage that can result from a disaster. It involves strategies such as planning, policy changes, programs, projects, and other activities that can mitigate the impacts of hazards. It is impossible to predict exactly when and where disasters will occur or the extent to which they will impact an area. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, stakeholders, and citizens, it is possible to minimize losses that disasters can cause. The responsibility for hazard mitigation lies with many, including private property owners; business and industry; and local, state, and federal government. 

Click here to view the full Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Ozone Action
High ozone levels can cause respiratory problems, and cause school absences, doctor visits, and even emergency department visits and hospital admissions.

Keeping our children safe and healthy is one of the main goals of regional air quality planning through CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program. The page includes details of the emission reduction measures under consideration, information about the regional air quality planning effort, and tools for helping spread the word.

Please consider signing up for Air Quality Alerts and Ozone Action Alerts and download the AirNow app.

Clean Air Force & Ozone Warnings
At this time of year we hear more about Ozone Warnings. For more information on ground-level ozone, please visit Cleanairforce.org You can reduce air pollution emissions by simply doing the following:
  • Limit your driving on ozone watch days. Take your lunch to work.
  • Combine errands or share a ride.
  • Ride the bus. Elgin is served by CARTS and Capital Metro with three daily routes in to Austin and 3 return routes.
  • Avoid idling. Skip the drive-thru lane and park and go inside instead.
  • Postpone refueling your vehicle until after 6:00 PM.
  • Also, don't top off the tank to prevent the escape of emissions.
  • Postpone mowing your lawn and using gas-powered equipment until after 6:00 PM
  • Tune Up Your Vehicle. A well-maintained car operates efficiently and cleanly.