Lavaca County residents urged to pre-register with STEAR program

Pre-registration can save lives during emergencies, natural disasters

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LAVACA COUNTY, Texas – Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management urges residents, who may require assistance during an emergency, to register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) Program. Pre-registration can save lives during emergencies and natural disasters.

The STEAR program is a free registry. It provides local emergency planners and responders additional information on community members who may have special needs or concerns during an emergency.

Coordinator of Lavaca OEM, Egon Barthels, released the following statement:

“We want to help residents learn about the services available in their communities should they need assistance in an emergency,” said Egon Barthels, Coordinator of Lavaca OEM. “There is no one-size-fits-all preparedness plan. Everyone has different needs, abilities and resources and we want to make sure our emergency professionals have identified folks who may need additional support in the event of an emergency.”

Any can register with STEAR. The program is designed to help emergency officials quickly identify people with disabilities or access and functional needs.

This includes those who have the following:

  • Limited mobility
  • Communication barriers
  • Require additional medical assistance during an emergency
  • Need transportation assistance
  • Require personal care assistance

Registration is voluntary, and all information given is confidential.

You can register online at stear.tdem.texas.gov. You can also call 2-1-1 to register. The 2-1-1 helpline is open year-round and offers assistance in 150 languages.

If you register with STEAR, it does not guarantee specific services during an emergency. You should also not use it as a replacement for an emergency plan.

Lavaca County OEM recommends you continue to take steps towards self-sufficiency until emergency services can reach you. You should also remember to plan for pets.

In an emergency, all residents should make sure they are receiving accurate and timely information from reliable sources.

You can sign up to receive Lavaca County CodeRED emergency alerts at LavacaOEM.com. You can also follow Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management on social media.