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.
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
- FEMA's Hurricane Harvey resource page
- Download the FEMA app
- Updates from official emergency management social media accounts on the FEMA Social Hub
- Centerpoint Power Outage Map
- Find your towed or abandoned car
- METRO Information
- TranStar traffic cameras
- Find family and friends or to register yourself as safe
- Report a missing child
How To Help
- American Red Cross (online donation)
- 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
- The Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
- 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
Build an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle and/or home. The Department of Homeland Security suggests the following supplies:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Plan for Hurricane Season
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.
- Kick start hurricane season with early prep
There are many factors to consider when preparing for hurricane season. Experts at Baylor College of Medicine offer ways to prepare now before a hurricane to make sure you stay healthy and safe.
- Ensure a supply of your prescription medications
Dr. Norman L. Sussman, associate professor of surgery at Baylor, says you can avoid the problem of not having your life-saving medications by following these five simple suggestions.
- 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.