Regional Disaster Preparedness
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OUR PARTNERS

While individual preparedness is vital, no one can prepare alone. Just as Ready Houston urges everyone to Make a Plan, Get a Kit, Stay Informed, and Know Your Neighbors, we would like to introduce you to our neighbors and partners in regional preparedness. Click on the section headings below to view the various partners we work with to help keep the Houston region prepared.

OFFICES OF EMERGENCY MANAGMENT

Your City or County Office of Emergency Management is your source of emergency preparedness and response information. Their staff are responsible for disaster preparation, response, and recovery. The following table contains information for the five counties and all incorporated jurisdictions in the Ready Houston region. Some cities do not have emergency management websites or alert systems, in which case you should search for your county. Corrections on this list should be sent to ready.houston@houstontx.gov.

Jurisdiction County EMC Phone Links
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..City of HoustonFt. Fort Bend • Harris • MontgomeryChief Rick Flanagan713.884.4500WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
.Brazoria CountyBrazoriaSteve Rosa979.864.1801WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
.Ft. Fort Bend CountyFt. Fort BendJeff Braun281.342.6185WebsiteAlertsReverse 911Twitterfacebook
.Galveston CountyGalvestonGarret Foskit888.384.2000WebsiteAlerts/Reverse 911Twitterfacebook
.Harris CountyHarrisMark Sloan713.881.3100WebsiteAlertsReverse 911Twitterfacebook
.Montgomery CountyMontgomeryDarren Hess936.523.3901WebsiteAlerts/Reverse 911Twitterfacebook
AlvinBrazoriaRon Schmitz281.338.4363AlertsTwitterfacebook
AngletonBrazoriaAsst. Chief Katherine Davis979.849.2383WebsiteAlertsfacebook
ArcolaFt. Fort BendCouncilwoman Effie Jones281.431.0606
Bailey's PrairireBrazoriaAlderman Joe Mapel979.849.0134
Bayou VistaGalvestonSgt Ronald Moore409.935.0449Alerts
BaytownHarrisBill Vola281.420.6556WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
BeasleyFt. Fort BendMayor Kenneth Reid979.378.2775
BellaireHarrisChief Darryl Anderson713.662.8202WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
BonneyBrazoriaMayor Raymond Cantu281.413.5151
BrazoriaBrazoriaChief Marcus Rabren979.798.8002
Brookside VillageBrazoriaBuck Stevens281.546.9667Twitter
Bunker Hill VillageHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
Clear Lake ShoresGalvestonGeorge Jones281.334.2799Alerts
CluteBrazoriaChief Mark Wicker979.265.6194WebsiteAlerts
ConroeMontgomeryChief Ken Kreger936.522.3080Website
Cut and ShootMontgomeryChief Arnie Schulze936.264.2173
DanburyBrazoriaChief Myles Hopkins979.922.1511
Deer ParkHarrisMalcolm Swinney281.478.7298WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
DickinsonGalvestonRon Morales281.337.4700WebsiteAlerts
El LagoHarrisTom Merchant281.326.2658WebsiteAlerts
FairchildsFt. Fort BendMayor Bob Haenel281.341.4636
FreeportBrazoriaDep. Chief Chris Motley979.233.2111AlertsTwitterfacebook
FriendswoodGalveston • HarrisFire Marshal Terry Byrd281.996.3332WebsiteAlerts (1)Alerts (2)
FulshearFt. Fort BendCouncilman Stephen Gill281.346.1796WebsiteAlerts
Galena ParkHarrisChief Lon Squyres713.674.1841Website
GalvestonGalvestonNiki Bender409.765.3710WebsiteAlerts/Reverse 911Twitterfacebook
Hedwig VillageHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteTwitterfacebook
Hillcrest VillageBrazoriaPatricia Williams281.331.7339Alerts
Hilshire VillageHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
HitchcockGalvestonChief Clay Kennelly409.986.5559
Holiday LakesBrazoriaMayor Norman Schroeder979.849.1136
HumbleHarrisFire Marshal Clinton Johnson281.446.4928Website
Hunters Creek VillageHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
Iowa ColonyBrazoriaChief James Ledbetter281.369.3969WebsiteAlerts
Jacinto CityHarrisChief Lon Squyres713.674.8424WebsiteAlerts
Jamaica BeachGalvestonJohn Brick409.737.1142WebsiteAlerts
Jersey VillageHarrisChief Mark Bitz713.466.2130
Jones CreekBrazoriaMarshal William Tidwell979.292.6393
KatyFt. Fort Bend • Harris • WallerMaria Galvez281.574.8633WebsiteTwitterfacebook
KemahGalvestonBill Kerber281.334.1611WebsiteAlerts
KendletonFt. Fort BendAlfred Smallwood979.532.0182
La MarqueGalvestonChief Randall Aragon409.938.9260WebsiteAlerts
La PorteHarrisJeff Suggs281.470.0010WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
Lake JacksonBrazoriaWilliam Yenne979.415.2500WebsiteAlerts
League CityGalveston • HarrisDena Mahan281.554.1300WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
LiverpoolBrazoriaMark Roller281.581.2342WebsiteAlerts
MagnoliaMontgomeryMayor Todd Kana281.356.2266Alerts
ManvelBrazoriaDavid Smith281.814.3233Alerts
Meadows PlaceFt. Fort BendSgt. Larry Eissler281.983.2900Alerts
Missouri CityFt. Fort Bend • HarrisJaime Ponce de Leon281.403.4300WebsiteAlertsTwitter
MontgomeryMontgomeryMayor John Fox936.597.6434AlertsTwitter
Morgan's PointHarrisChief Sherri Ditrich281.842.3185Alerts
Nassau BayHarrisJamie Galloway281.336.6298WebsiteAlerts
NeedvilleFt. Fort BendRichard Vacek979.739.4251
Oak Ridge NorthMontgomeryChief Andy Walters281.292.4762Alerts
OrchardFt. Fort BendAl Petry979.478.7575
Oyster CreekBrazoriaSgt. Rick Hempel979.233.8481
Panorama VillageMontgomeryChief Jim Green936.856.7777
PasadenaHarrisRobert Hemminger713.475.4996WebsiteAlerts
Patton VillageMontgomeryChief Fulton Cunningham281.689.9511WebsiteAlerts
PearlandBrazoria • Ft. Fort Bend • HarrisFire Marshal Roland Garcia281.652.1954WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
Piney Point VillageHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
PleakFt. Fort BendChief Jimmie Dean281.342.3692
QuintanaBrazoriaJerry Masters979.233.0848Alerts
RichmondFt. Fort BendRay Burciaga281.232.6871Website
RichwoodBrazoriaGlen Patton979.265.8157Alerts
Roman ForestMontgomeryChief Stephen Carlisle281.399.8182Alerts
RosenbergFt. Fort BendAsst. Chief Dallis Warren832.595.3710WebsiteAlerts
Santa FeGalvestonLt. Philip Meadows409.925.3092Alerts
SeabrookHarrisCharles "Jeff" Galyean281.291.5700WebsiteAlerts
ShenandoahMontgomeryChief John Chancellor281.367.8952WebsiteAlerts
ShoreacresHarrisDavid Stall, CFM281.471.2244Alerts
SimontonFt. Fort BendWebsite
South HoustonHarrisTommy Savell713.947.7700
Southside PlaceHarrisChief Stephen McCarty713.668.2341WebsiteAlerts
SplendoraMontgomeryChief Alex Hadrych281.961.4895
Spring ValleyHarrisBat. Chief Howard Miller713.468.5039WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
StaffordFt. Fort Bend • HarrisJennifer Taylor281.261.3900WebsiteAlerts
StagecoachMontgomeryChief Michael Wethington281.259.9333Website
Sugar LandFt. Fort BendPatrick Hughes281.275.2853WebsiteAlerts
Surfside BeachBrazoriaChief Gary Phillips979.239.1151
SweenyBrazoriaChief Devin Lemon979.548.0697WebsiteAlerts (PDF)
Taylor Lake VillageHarrisPatrick Brandt281.326.2843WebsiteAlerts
Texas CityGalvestonDerek Duckett409.643.5840WebsiteAlertsTwitterfacebook
ThompsonsFt. Fort BendJames Pirie281.343.9929
Tiki IslandGalvestonRandy Phipps409.935.1198Alerts
TomballHarrisChief Randy Parr281.351.7101WebsiteAlerts
WallerHarrisChief Phil Rehak936.372.2525
WebsterHarrisJoe Ferro281.316.3712WebsiteAlerts (1)Alerts (2)
West ColumbiaBrazoriaChief Paul Odin979.345.5121WebsiteAlerts
West University PlaceHarrisChief Aaron Taylor713.662.5835WebsiteAlerts
Weston LakesFt. Fort BendClifton Aldrich281.533.9458WebsiteAlerts
WillisMontgomeryChief James Nowak836.856.4039WebsiteAlerts
Woodbranch VillageMontgomeryCharlotte Smith281.399.3979
WoodlandsHarris • MontgomeryNicky Kelly (MCOEM)936.523.3900WebsiteAlerts
WoodlochMontgomeryMayor Diane Lincoln936.321.3700

REGIONAL RESOURCES

Many local and regional organizations provide informational websites to help you plan and prepare for disasters. A selection of these resources are available below.

Together Against the Weather
Together Against the Weather was created to help people with access and functional support needs better plan and prepare for hurricanes in the 13-county region of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The Together Against the Weather strategies and tool kit of materials were developed to help overcome challenges experienced by the program’s targeted audiences and to encourage the formation of supportive partnerships in advance of a storm. Together Against the Weather is a project of the Houston-Galveston Area Council
Storm Risk Calculator
The Storm Risk Calculator website is an online tool for Harris County residents to learn about the risks they face from hurricane-induced hazards. The goal of the tool is to inform residents about their local risks and to promote compliance with recommendations from city officials. When there is an active storm, always follow the recommendations issued by city and county emergency officials.
Houston Hide from the Wind
Houston Hide from the Wind is a tool to help local residents estimate their risk from wind damage during a severe weather event. During an actual severe weather event, weather data is input into computer models to generate risk data for various areas in and around Houston. When a severe weather event is not occurring, data on the site comes from past storms and is used for example purposes only.
Flood Warning System
The Flood Warning System provides stream and bayou flood gage data throughout Harris and surrounding counties. Residents can use this information to gain more information on the risk of flooding in their area. To see gage data outside of Harris County, select "ALL" under the "Gages by Agency" menu in the "Gage Selections" section on the left.
Disability 9-1-1
This website includes information which Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) gathered during the months immediately following the Katrina and Rita storms and which has been gathered since then as part of our efforts to assist people with disabilities, their families, independent living centers and other organizations prepare for and respond to disasters which may affect people with disabilities. This website is a collaborative project between TIRR Memorial Hermann, UT Houson, the US Department of Education, and ILRU.
Coalition for Barrier Free Living
The Houston Center for Independent Living, Brazoria County Center for Independent Living, and Fort Bend County Center for Independent Living promote the full inclusion, equal opportunity and participation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of community life. We believe that people with disabilities have the right to make choices affecting their lives, a right to take risks, a right to fail, and a right to succeed.

STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES

Though Emergency Management focuses on local jurisdictions, we also rely on state and federal partners in all phases of emergency management.

Texas Division of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates the state emergency management program, which is intended to ensure the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters.
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Texas Prepares
When disaster hits, Texans need to be ready. Use our online resources to build your plan - including family strategies, handy checklists, and special needs considerations for people with disabilities, the elderly and pets. This website is a product of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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Ready.gov
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
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CDC
Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health--through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
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MEDIA AND WEATHER

Be sure to stay informed by keeping up with your local media and weather information. The following website will list news, weather, and other information for the Houston area.

KPRC Channel 2
Houston's NBC Affiliate, Local 2, provides local news, weather, and traffic.
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KHOU Channel 11
Houston's CBS Affiliate, KHOU, provides local news, weather, and traffic.
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KTRK Channel 13
Houston's ABC Affiliate, ABC13, provides local news, weather, and traffic.
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KRIV Channel 26
Houston's FOX Affiliate, my FOX Houston, provides local news, weather, and traffic.
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KIAH Channel 39
Houston's CW Affiliate, CW39, provides local news, weather, and traffic.
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KHLM Channel 43
Houston's Multimedios Affiliate provides local news, weather, and traffic in Spanish.
KXLN Channel 45
Houston's Univision Affiliate provides local news, weather, and traffic in Spanish.
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KTMD Channel 47
Houston's Telemundo Affiliate provides local news, weather, and traffic in Spanish.
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KTRH AM 740
KTRH AM 740 is Houston's Emergency Alert System station.
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KUHF FM 88.7
KUHF FM 88.7 is Houston's Public Radio station.
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Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle is Houston's only daily newspaper.
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National Weather Service
A division of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, NWS provides weather forecast data for Houston and the rest of the country. They are also the only authorized agency to send out storm watch and warning advisories.
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NON-PROFITS

Non-profit groups are also very active in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Below are a sample of the many orgaizations we partner with to help residents of the Houston region prepare for disasters.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Greater Houston Area Chapter, established in 1916, is one of 4 regional chapters in Texas and provides services to over six million people in 10 area counties. This area includes Houston, a long coastline in Galveston and Brazoria Counties, suburban areas, small towns and very rural areas. To provide services that reflect the needs of such diverse communities, the Chapter has its main headquarters off the Southwest Freeway and 10 branch offices spread throughout the 16 county area.
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United Way
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. The United Way has local chapters in Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County, Brazoria County, City of Galveston, Galveston County Mainland, Greater Houston, and Montgomery County.
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Salvation Army
Dedicated to Doing The Most Good, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties through various programs and services intended to meet human needs without discrimination. Across the Unites States over 33 million Americans rely on the services provided by The Salvation Army.
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Texas Gulf Coast Region VOAD
The Texas Gulf Coast Region (TGCR) Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a local incarnation of the Texas State VOAD and the National VOAD. The TGCR VOAD consist of non profits that have a role in long term recovery in the Greater Houston Area. Some of our member also have a substantial role during the response phase.
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Volunteer Houston
VOLUNTEER HOUSTON, established in 1974, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and support of volunteerism. For more than 35 years, VOLUNTEER HOUSTON has been the city's sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on VOLUNTEER HOUSTON to acquire over 30,000 volunteers per year.
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Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs.
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Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our Mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the Government, United Way or national animal groups.
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Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to more than 236,000 people throughout Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast area each year.
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