Houstonians with access and functional needs are advised to register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) and update their information every January.
The STEAR program is a free registry for Texans of any age that need additional assistance during an emergency event due to access or functional needs or lack of transportation for evacuation. The STEAR registry assists local emergency planners and responders with information about the needs of individuals in their community.
“Many different kinds of emergencies can create an array of needs for Houstonians. Planning is vital to ensure all residents are assisted quickly and safely during emergencies,” said Nickea Bradley, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.
STEAR is intended for people with access and functional needs such as:
- People with limited mobility
- People who have sensory disabilities
- People who require additional medical assistance during an emergency event
- People who require transportation assistance
- People who require personal care assistance
The information that is shared through STEAR should be updated every January to ensure information is up to date. Last minute registrations prior to a weather event or emergency may not reach local emergency managers.
Residents can register by going online to https://stear.tdem.texas.gov/ or calling 2-1-1.