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Reserve Your Ride to Safety in Advance
Call 2-1-1

If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and you will need assistance to get out before the storm, dial 2-1-1 to register in advance for a ride.

Dial 2-1-1:

  • If you have a disability or special health care need and equire assistance to get out.
  • If you cannot drive and cannot arrange transportation.
  • If you do not have a vehicle and you have no one else to help you evacuate.
  • If you want to register and you need to check if you live in an evacuation zone.

Ready or Not? Have a plan.

Harris County Flood Control District 2008 Hurricane Tracker

This useful CD is available at your local Harris County Public Library branch. Pick yours up today to take advantage of the following features:

  • LIVE Hurricane Tracker with auto updates
  • NEW Live satellite views!
  • Printable tracking chart
  • Interactive, historic storms
  • Hurricane and flood safety
  • Downloads (PDFs)
  • Contact information and more!
The 2008 Hurricane Tracker is also available as a download at the Harris County Flood Control District website.

Hurricane Preparedness Video

Video in three parts of the Hurricane Preparedness workshop held at the Kingwood Branch Library on July 16, 2008. The presenter is Ellen Delap, CPO(R).

Hurricane Preparedness & Tracking the Storm

Harris County Flood Control District Hurricane Tracking Chart - Online and Download versions allow you to track the path of 2007 hurricanes. Download version lets you look at past hurricanes, online version only tracks active hurricanes. The 2008 Tracker will be available in June 2008.

Floodplane Mapping Tool - Developed after Tropical Storm Allison. Type in your address to view floodplanes on a map.

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Forecast for Houston/Galveston

US Coast Guard Storm Center

American Red Cross Storm Center - Has information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

Harris County Citizen Corps

Ready Houston

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American Red Cross of Greater Houston

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration)

GovBenefits.org - includes information about programs for disaster relief.

Salvation Army Houston


Helping Children Deal with Hurricane Disasters Book List

Children, Stress and Natural Disasters

Coping in Unsettling Times - Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists on helping children cope in unsettling times. Includes a section on coping with natural disasters.

Coping with Disaster - Tips for young adults

Disaster: Helping Children Cope

Disaster: Mental Health Handouts - For adults, families & children, disaster workers and their families.

Helping Children After a Disaster - From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Behavior changes to watch for.

Helping Children Handle Disaster Related Anxiety - Tips for pre-schoolers, school age children, and adolescents. From the National Mental Health Association.

National Network for Child Care - Has several entries on helping children cope with disaster:
* Talking with Children When the Talk gets Tough
* After the Storm: The Psycological Effects of a Hurricane

Health Topics

MedlinePlus has released several Health Topics on disasters. These include the following:

Each topic page provides a summary and links to information for consumers, and include links to Go Local for finding resources in your area.

Topic pages are available in both English and Spanish: MedlinePlus: Desastres. Some topics include links to health information in multiple languages.


Hurricane Insurance Information Center - Insurance advice, links to insurance companies and organizations.

Texas Department of Insurance Stormlink - Consumer Help Line: 800-252-3439, Special Disaster Line: 800-852-5246

National Flood Insurance Program - To file a claim on your flood policy call 800-427-4661

Local Information

Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management - Includes information on how to prepare for a hurricane and an evacuation map.

City of Galveston

City of Kemah

City of La Porte

City of League City

City of Nassau Bay

City of Seabrook

City of Shoreacres

City of Webster


Texas Emergency Management - Includes the Texas Prepared program which offers documents on family preparedness plans, emergency kits, documents, and special needs planning.

Texas Department of Transportation