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.

Crisis Information

Read the following list to stay updated on school closures, public transit changes or cancellations, and city of Houston emergency alerts.

County Emergency Management Departments

Below is a listing of emergency management websites for nearby counties in Texas:

Brazoria County
Chambers County
Fort Bend County
Harris County
Montgomery County
Victoria County
Walker County

Emergency Numbers

  • 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

Severe Weather Information

The following links are resources to help understand the risk your area may have for flooding.

Be Prepared

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.