Disaster Preparedness

The Boerne Fire Department works to ensure our citizens are prepared to take action in emergency situations through public education and training. Click on the tabs below and read through the information on this page to learn more about specific situations and how you can best be prepared. Topics covered include fires, extreme weather events, hazardous materials, terrorism and more.

For more information on disaster preparedness, contact the Fire Department at 830-249-3644. Click here for more disaster preparedness resources.

  1. Fire
  2. Flooding
  3. Terrorism

Fire Preparedness

Read through the advice below to be prepared in the event of a fire:

  • Install smoke detectors, check them once a month and change the batteries at least twice a year.
  • Make sure all family members know what to do in a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least two ways of escaping every room and practice twice a year. Choose a safe meeting place outside the house. Call 911 from outside the house immediately.
  • Learn to stop, drop and roll if clothes catch fire. Use the stairs instead of elevators to escape. If possible, cover your mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling smoke and gases. Close doors in each room after escaping to delay the spread of the fire.
  • Install an address marker for visibility to emergency responders on the roadside or street side of your property. The marker should be made of reflective material or marked by reflective paint. Your address should be marked in letters at least four inches in height using a stroke width of at least three fourths of an inch.
  • Make sure that fire apparatus can access your property in case of an emergency. Maintain roadway access and driveway access by keeping the areas free of overhanging branches and limbs. Fire trucks need a path at least 15 feet wide by 15 feet high in order to travel up roads or driveways onto your property.

Learn more about fire safety and prevention.

  1. Disaster Supplies Kit
  2. Shelter in Place
  3. Evacuation

Disaster Supplies Kit

Supplies If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to shelter in place, having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can.

Have the following supplies on hand for all emergencies:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency food supplies, non-perishable foods
  • Water, one gallon per person, per day
  • Can opener, non-electric
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Prescription eye wear

Learn more about disaster supplies kits.