Severe weather emergencies can happen at any time and often strike quickly. Being prepared for inclement conditions and natural disasters will go a long way in helping to keep yourself and others safe.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Here are some resources and information to help ensure you have an action plan during hurricane season.
- Organize your hurricane prep kit today
Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shares essentials to include in your hurricane prep kit.
- How to prepare for hurricane season when you have diabetes
Preparing for hurricane season is essential for everyone in storm-prone areas, but preparation is especially important for those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes.
- Know your evacuation zone and route
If you live in the Greater Houston area, find out if you are in an evacuation zone and view your potential evacuation route via the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.
- Stay informed
The Department of Homeland Security's website offers resources and tips for everything from preparing your home to planning for how to stay in touch with family members.
Read the following list to stay updated on school closures, public transit changes or cancellations, and city of Houston emergency alerts.
- Call (713) 798-4444 for the College Emergency Information Line. A recorded announcement will provide important updates on the situation.
- Tune into KPRC (950 AM) or KTRH (740 AM) radio stations for information on school closures.
- Check the METRO website for transit updates.
- Visit the city of Houston's Emergency Operations Center website for emergency alerts.
- Keep up with HISD office and school closures.
- Check out Space City Weather.
- For a life-threatening emergency call 911
- For a medical emergency call 211
- Non-emergency, or to report debris or flooding: 311 or (713) 884-3131
- If you need to be rescued call (281) 238-3430
- United States Coast Guard numbers: (281) 464-4851, (281) 464-4852, (281) 464-4853, (281) 464-4854, (281) 464-4855.
- Report downed power lines: (713) 207-2222
How To Help
- American Red Cross: text 90999 to donate $10
- United Way of Greater Houston (online donation)
- United Way Flood Relief Fund: text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate
- Call the Houston Fire Department at (713) 305-3789 to lend your boat to rescue efforts
- SPCA of Texas (animal shelter)
- Donate to the Feeding Texas food bank