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Emergency management is a comprehensive system to respond to emergencies or disasters impacting the City and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The mission of the City of Dripping Springs Office of Emergency Management (DSOEM) and the Emergency Management Commission is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ENCOMPASSES
The first phase in emergency management is Prevention/Mitigation. Prevention is the action taken to decrease the likelihood that an event or crisis will occur. Mitigation is the action taken to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage related to an event or crisis, particularly those that cannot be prevented.
Activities such as planning, training, public education, and outreach to create awareness of potential dangers and increased readiness in our community.
Use of available resources to meet the needs of the community when disaster strikes. Depending on the severity of the disaster, this can include local, county, State, and Federal resources, to include fire and EMS services, public works, and law enforcement.
The long range support of restoring the community to pre-disaster conditions. This phase includes damage assessments to public and private property, as well as social services to assist citizens. The length of the recovery phase depends on the magnitude of the disaster.
The City of Dripping Springs utilizes the Warn Central Texas Program to notify residents of emergency situations. Please click the Warn Central Texas logo to submit your information for FREE emergency notifications.
Being prepared for an emergency can be the difference between life and death. It can also mean that you will have various essentials that will make living through an emergency more manageable. Here are some things to remember and prepare in case of an emergency:
Things to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:
Plan for an emergency
It is best to know ahead of time what you will do if you need to react to an emergency. Keep in mind that every emergency is different, but some basic advance planning will go a long way to ensure your safety. Here are some ideas to consider:
• Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
• Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
• Subscribe to alert services. The City of Dripping Springs uses the CodeRed system to send emergency notifications. Be sure your information is current by going to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/21C524DBEA1F to update your information.
Help for those that may not be able to help themselves
It is important for emergency responders to know about residents who may not be able to respond by themselves to an emergency situation. Be sure to know about neighbors and family members who may not be reached by normal communications. People with sight and hearing deficiencies, the elderly, or anyone who might need additional assistance will need to be accounted for. The City of Dripping Springs, along with the Dripping Springs Fire Department, is creating a list of residents who may need assistance during an emergency. If you’d like to suggest someone for this list, please call the Dripping Springs Police Department at 512-268-0859. The police department will verify the information and obtain consent from any individuals before finalizing a name of the list.
Keep in mind that emergency situations can arise suddenly and without warning. That is why it is important to prepare in advance should an emergency occur. Be sure to watch and listen to local news reports and check the City of Dripping Springs web site at cityofdrippingsprings.com for the latest information.
Dripping Springs, Tx.
511 Mercer Street
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Phone: (512) 858-4725
P.O. Box 384
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Fees & Charges
The fee schedule for the city shall be interpreted as that ordinance enacted by the city council, as may be amended, which sets out the standard charges and costs imposed by the city. Any reference to the “Fee Schedule” or “Appendix A” of the Code of Ordinances shall mean the current, most recently enacted version of the fee schedule regardless of whether it is published in the Code of Ordinances. Copies of the current Fee Schedule can be downloaded here, or by request to the City Secretary.
Budget & Tax Rate
Approved FY 2018-2019 Municipal Budget
Ordinance No. 2019-01
Ordinance No. 2018-21 FY 2018-2019 Tax Levy Ordinance (Ad Valorem Tax Rate)
Ordinance No. 2018-22 FY 2018-2019 Municipal Budget
Resolution 2018-R27 Ratification of FY 2018-2019 Municipal Budget
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