Household emergency plans should be kept simple and easy to remember.
- An information link to the outside is crucial. Keep a battery-operated radio and extra batteries on hand and make sure family members know where the radio is kept.
- Post emergency numbers (fire, police, ambulance) by the phone. Teach children how to call 911 for help. Consider a phone that doesn't require electricity to operate. (not portable)
- Teach responsible family members how to turn off the utilities in your home.
- Identify family meeting places outside your neighborhood in case you are separated and be sure everyone is clear about these locations.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family's contact. Make sure everyone knows the telephone number of this contact.
- Plan and be familiar with escape routes in case you need to evacuate your neighborhood.
- Be sure to include pets in your family disaster plan. Pets are apart of the family but may not allowed in all public shelters. Be sure to follow this link for more information.
- Consider investing in an inexpensive National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio and set it on the Specific Area Message Encoding frequency for your area.
Hurricane Preparedness Resources:
- Hurricane Preparedness Public Service Announcement
- Emergency Kit Checklist
- Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- All Hazard Disaster Preparedness Guide
- Hurricane Preparedness Public Service Announcement (Spanish)
- Emergency Kit Checklist (Spanish)
- Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Spanish)
Use these links below to prepare and to stay informed.
- City Emergency Notifications
- Harris County Office of Homeland Security andamp; Emergency Management
- Track Storms Here
- Texas Prepares
- Houston Area Road Closure Information
- Local News and Information
- World News
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Texas Department of Public Safety UsefulLinks
- National Weather Service River Forecast Center
- National Hurricane Center
- Never Drive Across a Flooded Road