Prepare for Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017


As Hurricane Harvey makes its way to our coast, please be prepared. Meteorologists predict Harvey to make landfall on Friday night and we can expect heavy rains and flooding, or even worse. Because your safety is my primary concern, I want to make sure you have as much helpful information as possible.

If there is any assistance we can provide, don’t hesitate to contact us at our Capitol Office: 512-463-0492.


Gene Wu

Prepare & Stay Safe – Keep up with the latest information:

  • City of Houston Emergency Operations Center [link] and Follow on Twitter: @houstonoem
  • Sign up for AlertHouston [link] and Follow on Twitter: @AlertHouston
  • Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management [link] and Follow on Twitter: @AlertHouston
  • Sign up for Harris County Alerts [link]
  • National Weather Service [link] and Follow on Twitter: @nwshouston
  • Harris County Flood Control District [link]
  • Register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) for those who need assistance during an emergency/disaster [link]

Disaster Supply Checklist:

  • Water – At least seven day supply (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food – At least seven day supply of nonperishable/canned food (Change out stored water and food supplies every six months)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.)
  • Tools and supplies
  • Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.)
  • Change of clothes and bedding
  • Cash
  • Important family documents (birth certificates, insurance/
    bank account information, etc.)
  • Food, water and medicines for your pets (list of CBD oils for cats here)
  • Kennels or crates for pets

When a hurricane warning is issued by the National Weather Service and the coastal area is threatened, you should:

  • Monitor your local TV and radio stations.
  • Fuel your vehicles and generators.
  • Check your disaster supply kit.
  • Cover windows with plywood.
  • Bring in all furniture, toys and any other objects
    that could become missiles.
  • Moor boats to a safe and secure place.
  • Take pictures of property and contents for
    insurance purposes.
  • Evacuate immediately, if advised.

If you stay in your home during the hurricane and are not
in a flood prone area:

  • Fill bathtubs and all available containers with water.
  • Turn off utilities, if requested.
  • Remain indoors in a closet, bathroom or hallway on
    the lower level of your house, away from windows.
  • Cover yourself and family members with a mattress or a dining room table to protect yourself from falling debris.

Call for Help

  • 911 – For emergencies
  • 713.884.3131 – Houston Police Department’s non-emergency line
  • 211 – Texas Information Referral Network
  • 311 – Report storm damage to the City of Houston Information Line
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