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Report Suspicious Activity, Make the Call

Report Suspicious Activity, Make the Call

What is terrorism? While there is no single definition of terrorism, it can be defined generally as the use of violence to pursue a political goal. Terrorism can be classified in many different ways, but ultimately, communities should be on-guard for acts which could result in death or injury....

Are You in the Know? Emergency Alerts in Houston.

Are You in the Know? Emergency Alerts in Houston.

When severe weather or other emergencies strike, the effects can be widespread and may be injury or death. That's why its important to stay up to date with emergency notifications offered by trusted, local and national authorities. In Houston, we use three different systems to notify the publ...

Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

When disaster strikes, having an emergency plan, and emergency supply kit and a way to stay informed is key to making sure your family is ready. Our animals are an important part of our family too. Take a moment to download and look over this brochure, brought to you by the City of Houston ...

Run.Hide.Fight® | Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Run.Hide.Fight® | Surviving an Active Shooter Event

ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. * Victims are most often selected at random. * The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly....

Traveling for the Holidays? Check Out These Safety Tips and Emergency Kit Checklist

Traveling for the Holidays? Check Out These Safety Tips and Emergency Kit Checklist

Safety Tips * Know what to expect: Plan for any severe weather or other emergencies at your location. Visit and enter your destination for an updated forecast * Take only what you need: Make sure you have what you need, but don’t over-pack. Having expensive items ...

Preparing for Emergencies | Information in Multiple Languages

Preparing for Emergencies | Information in Multiple Languages

ASL (American Sign Language) Español (Spanish) Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese 中文 (Chinese) العَرَبِيَّة (Arabic) Français (French) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Emergency Preparedness Overview (English) Regardless of what time of year it is, Houst...

Download the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide

Download the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide

The City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide helps Houston residents prepare for the next large emergency. With helpful information on emergency kits, emergency plans, evacuation routes and tips for staying informed, this guide will help you better prepare your family. The guide is available...

Impacted by Recent Flooding? Visit houstonrecovers.org for information.

Impacted by Recent Flooding? Visit houstonrecovers.org for information.

p>The City of Houston is working with state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit agencies to help provide services to residents affected by flooding. Information is available from the City of Houston's storm recovery website: Click here to go to houstonrecovers.org

OEM Events & Happenings

City of Houston Evacuation Center Exercise

City of Houston Evacuation Center Exercise

HOUSTON - As we enter the most active part of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the City of Houston continues to work to improve the processes that help keep Houstonians safe when disasters strike. One of the key elements of a hurricane response is managing the need to assist individuals without th...

Houston OEM Hosts Annual Emergency Information Exercise

Houston OEM Hosts Annual Emergency Information Exercise

HOUSTON - Communicating when disaster strikes is just as much part of how the City of Houston responds as the first responders on the ground. By providing timely, actionable, accessible and accurate information, the City can help it's over 2 million residents make the smartest, safest choices fo...

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5320 N Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77091

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About the EMC

Rick FlanaganRick Flanagan was appointed as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Houston in 2014. In his role, Mr. Flanagan oversees the emergency management program for the nation’s fourth-largest city, which includes the coordination of disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. More . . .

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