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Be Prepared, Stay Prepared

Natural disasters damage thousands of homes and devastate the livelihoods of families every day, but you can take time now to prepare. 

Know Your Risk - Sign up for your community's emergency warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

Insure your Home and Belongings - Review your home, flood, and wind insurance policies. Make sure you have all of the insurance you need for your risks. Most homeowner and renter insurance policies do not cover flood damage. A flood insurance policy generally does not take effect until 30 days after purchase, so be sure to maintain your policy. Remember, no government program replaces what you lose in a disaster.

Gather Supplies - Keep in mind each person's needs, gathering supplies for at least three days. Stock up on items such as food and water, non-perishable foods, first-aid supplies, prescriptions, pet supplies, flashlights and batteries. Don't forget to charge electronics you may need.

Secure Documents - Remember to secure copies of important personal documents. Filing for government assistance requires documentation. Be sure to keep documents in a secure location and take them with you if you need to evacuate.

Make Your Evacuation Plan - Be familiar with the route and shelter locations. Discuss and practice drills for your evacuation plan with your family each year.

Protect Your Property - Shutter your home as needed, review your flood insurance policy (or sign up for one) and declutter drains and gutters. Most homeowner and renter insurance policies do not cover flood damage. A flood insurance policy generally does not take effect until 30 days after purchase, so be sure to maintain your policy.

Protect Your Property - Assess your potential for wind, water, heat, and fire damage from extreme weather events. Shutter your home as needed and declutter drains and gutters. Cut down or trim trees that could fall on your home and evaluate your lightning protection needs.


Weather Websites


Disaster Preparedness Tips


Federal Disaster Assistance

Once there is a federal disaster declaration, residents of impacted counties can register for individual assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362.

You can also email FEMA from the Disaster Assistance webform.

Resources

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may visit for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs. 

There are two ways to find a DRC near you:

  1. Use the DRC Locator to find addresses and DRC details. Find info like the hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions.
  2. Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362. Example: DRC 01234. Using this option doesn’t add you to any messaging service. It’s just like doing a search on the Web. (Standard text rates may apply.)

Preparedness & Partners

DHS
Department of Homeland Security
Disaster Preparedness
Ready.gov
FEMA
FEMA Disaster Preparedness
FEMA.gov; 800-621-3362
(voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service).
Red Cross

American Red Cross
RedCross.org

HUD
Department of Housing and
Urban Development
HUD.gov

CDC
Center for Disease and Control Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/

TDEM
Texas Division of Emergency
Management
TDEM.texas.gov 
Flood Insurance
National Flood Insurance
Program Flood
floodsmart.gov; (800) 427-4661, TTY (800) 427-5593
Department of Insurance

Texas Department of Insurance
HelpInsure.com 

SBA
Small Business Administration
SBA.gov; (800) 659-2955
tdshs
Texas Department of State Health Services
https://www.dshs.texas.gov