Natural Disaster Resources
Hurricane Season: June 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near or above-normal hurricane season in 2018. The best way to handle any natural disaster or emergency is to have a plan. These resources will provide you and your family with vital information on what to expect, how to prepare, and how to respond in the case of an emergency.
Always listen to your local emergency management agencies, they will respond before State and Federal assistance arrives.
How to Prepare for a disaster
Seven steps to take NOW to protect your family, pets, and property
- Put together an emergency supply kit.
- Create a communication plan with your family.
- Know where to go.
- Register for STEAR.
- Buy flood insurance.
- Prepare your home.
- Stay alert.
Ready.gov: Plan ahead for disasters
TexasPrepares.org: Weather, information, and preparation assistance for TX
Drivetexas.org: Flooded roads and conditions
National Flood Insurance: Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage
Red Cross Safe & Well: Register yourself as “Safe and Well” or search for loved ones online
Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency-preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have these basic supplies:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
- Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
- Cell phone with charger.
- Family and emergency contact information.
- Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
- Extra fuel for generator and car.
Depending on your family’s requirements, you may need to include: medical-care items, baby supplies, pet supplies and other things, such as extra car and house keys.
Additional supplies might include towels, plastic sheeting, duct tape, scissors and work gloves.
Resources that offer additional information on putting together emergency kits are online athttps://www.ready.gov/ and https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html.
2-1-1: Shelter, food, and disaster services
7-1-1: Relay Service
1-800-452-9292: TxDOT statewide road closures
Text: "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999
Text: “GETCANE” to 90999
Text: “GETFLOOD” to 90999
Federal and State Preparedness
Department of Homeland Security: https://ready.gov/
The United States Coast Guard: https://www.uscgboating.org/
American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/
Texas Division of Emergency Management:https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/
Texas A&M Forest Service: https://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/
National Flood Insurance Program:https://www.floodsmart.gov/
Texas Department of Insurance: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/
Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/
Texas General Land Office http://www.glo.texas.gov/
What to do before Tropical Storm or Hurricane (National Weather Service)
HOW TO RESPOND TO A DISASTER:
Federal Loan Assistance As of 7/10/18- Cameron and Hidalgo county are eligible for SBA low-interest federal disaster loans
- Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.
- Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tables at m.fema.gov
To speed the registration process, have the following readily available:
1. A current phone number where you can be contacted;
2. Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
3. Your Social Security number, if available;
4. A general list of damages and losses; and
5. If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.
FEMA- 1-800 621-3362
Catholic Charities – (956) 702-4088
Texas Health and Human Services Commission- 2-1-1
Situation Reports from Texas Division of Emergency Management:
Road closures map:
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD):
Information on how to volunteer to help when disaster strikes.