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Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

When disaster strikes, having an emergency plan, and emergency supply kit and a way to stay informed is key to making sure your family is ready. Our animals are an important part of our family too. Take a moment to download and look over this brochure, brought to you by the City of Houston ...

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Ebola - What you need to know...

Ebola - What you need to know...

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) is providing Houston residents with information about Ebola, and what they can do to be better informed. Being better informed helps all of us respond appropriately to these types of situations. Houston residents can visit

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Would You Need Help in a Disaster?  Register for Assistance Online or by Phone

Would You Need Help in a Disaster? Register for Assistance Online or by Phone

In the event of an emergency some individuals may need additional assistance leaving their homes, or responding to emergency conditions by themselves. The State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) (formerly the Transportation Assistance Registry) allows residents to provide informatio...

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Learn About Wireless Emergency Alerts

Learn About Wireless Emergency Alerts

When severe weather strikes, the effects can be widespread and may be injury or death. With this in mind, a new system will make receiving life-saving emergency weather alerts easier. The National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communicati...

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Download the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide

Download the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide

The City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide helps Houston residents prepare for the next large emergency. With helpful information on emergency kits, emergency plans, evacuation routes and tips for staying informed, this guide will help you better prepare your family. The guide is available...

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City of Houston Uses Nextdoor.com to Communicate with Residents During Emergencies

City of Houston Uses Nextdoor.com to Communicate with Residents During Emergencies

The City of Houston is partnering with a new, private, community-oriented social media company called Nextdoor.com to help serve Houston residents by providing neighborhood-specific information during times of emergency. The City's Office of Emergency Management will be using Nextdoor.com to pro...

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The City of Houston Urges Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

[Image: Sign up for Emergency Alerts]When emergencies occur, it's important to make sure that you have the best, most reliable, up-to-date information. The City of Houston, in partnership with neighborhing communities and the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 911) offer a variet...

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Family Pets deserve an Emergency Plan Too! Information from Houston OEM and BARC

When disaster strikes, having an emergency plan, and emergency supply kit and a way to stay informed is key to making sure your family is ready. Our animals are an important part of our family too. Take a moment to download and look over this brochure, brought to you by the City of Houston ...

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Are you Ready for Severe Weather?

Houston's position along the Texas Gulf Coast makes it a prime target for severe weather to form. When these systems develop, they have the potential to cause large amounts of rain to fall in short periods of time, bring about damaging winds, hail, lightning and tornad...

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Hazardous materials emergencies can happen at any time, without notice. Are you ready? Check out these tips on preparing.

Houston's role as an industrial engine for Texas and the Nation make it extremely vulnerable to hazardous chemical emergencies. Everyday, materials used in the production and refinement of various products travel through our city. While many precautions are taken to ensure safe delivery of th...

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See Something Suspicious? Make the Call

[iWatch Houston Logo] Houston's position as a key social and economic engine makes it a prime target for terrorist activity. Do your part to help keep Houston secure by reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement. "Make the Call" is a local init...

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Contact OEM

Office of Emergency Management
5320 N Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77091

info@houstonoem.org

713.884.4500 or 311

Emergency: 911

About the EMC

Rick Flanagan was appointed as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Houston in 2014. In his role, Mr. Flanagan oversees the emergency management program for the nation’s fourth-largest city, which includes the coordination of disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. More . . .

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