National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15, and the Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) celebrates the rich heritage and significant contributions of Hispanic and Latino residents to the City of Houston.
This Hispanic Heritage Month, OEM encourages residents to learn more about their neighborhood’s history and those who live around them. Whether you are new to your neighborhood or have lived there for years, knowing your neighbors has always been an essential part of a strong community. During a crisis, it becomes invaluable because, it’s the people closest to you who can help almost immediately.
“Many people would like to say they already know their neighbors, but it makes a huge difference when they get to know one another before a disaster strikes,” said Thomas Munoz, Director of the Office of Emergency Management. “Simple actions like sharing important community resources, adding their neighbors as cell phone contacts, and practicing what they’ll do to help each other in an emergency, could make a life saving difference.”
A walk through any of Houston’s neighborhoods confirms Houston as one of the most diverse cities in the nation. Houston’s many perspectives strengthen the city’s response against any disaster or challenge.