The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants to remind residents that severe weather can occur year-round. The best course of action before a disaster is to plan and prepare.
Know the major 4 preparedness steps:
Make and Practice Your Family Emergency Plan
- Every family is unique. As you make your plan, be sure to consider everyone’s needs.
- Sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency.
- Plan what to do if you need to evacuate with your pets.
Build an Emergency Kit
- During emergencies, you may need to be on your own for a period of time.
- You may want to consider three types of kits:
- A Go-Bag
- A Shelter-in-Place Kit
- A Car Supply Kit
- Don’t forget to routinely check materials in your kits are functional and to add PPE such as face masks and hand sanitizer.
- Staying informed in an emergency may be different than normal. In the Houston area, we often have warning of upcoming weather emergencies. However, there are other emergencies which may happen with little-to-no notice.
- Sign up for emergency alerts through AlertHouston.
- Check houstonemergency.org for emergency related information in moments of need.
Know Your Neighbors
- Houston residents know how to work together to get the job done.
- Your neighbors can be a great source of help immediately after a disaster.
- Get to know your neighbors, particularly those too elderly or too ill to independently plan or prepare themselves for a disaster.
- Consider a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class. CERT trains people in basic disaster response skills, like fire suppression, urban search and rescue, and medical operations
Residents can find more information online at houstonoem.org or by reading the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide. The Guide is available in six languages for download: