The City of Houston's Emergency Operations Center is not activated in response to Laura. Hurricane Laura arrived in Cameron, LA early this morning as a Category 4 Hurricane. There have been no reported impacts to Houston.
Virtual Shelter Reception Center for Hurricane Laura Evacuees:
Evacuees seeking sheltering assistance should call: 1-888-991-5229
Additional information can be found on the Texas Hurricane Center webpage at: http://www.gov.texas.gov/hurricane
All city offices will be open today. Garbage collection, Municipal Courts and City Parks are back to normal operations.
Residents should stay ready through all of the Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane season ends on November 30. Make a disaster plan or update your disaster plan to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://bit.ly/hurricanecovidprep.
Hurricane Laura did not cause very much damage in Houston, but our neighbors in Louisiana were hit hard. The American Red Cross is one of many groups helping people in Louisiana. If you want to donate money to these groups, you should. If you would like to donate to support disaster response and recovery in Houston, you can donate to the Houston Health Equity Response Fund. To give to this fund, contact:
Houston Civic Events, Inc.
Houston Health Equity Response Fund
901 Bagby St, Fl 1,
Houston Texas 77002
Attn: Susan Christian
If you want to donate with a credit card or wire transfet, you can contact Scott Fuhr Kenyon, Administration Manager at 832-393-0861
There are a lot of things you can do to be ready for a disaster in our area:
- Be informed: sign up for AlertHouston to get emergency and recovery messages on your phone and in your email when information is available: www.AlertHouston.org.
- Make sure you have supplies for 5-7 days: important supplies are water, food, medications, and other emergency items. For a full list of things for your kit, visit houstonoem.org
- Know your risk of flooding: You can see a map of places in Harris County that might flood at harriscountyfemt.org. Remember, it can flood anywhere, so Houstonians should be prepared whether or not they live in a flood plain.
- If you think it might flood, keep your car on high ground: do not park your car on the street, especially in areas that might flood.
- When high winds are coming, tie-down anything loose outside: blowing wind and flowing water can pick things up and damage your home or clog drains and make flooding worse.
- Only call 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies for police, fire or medical help: try not to overload emergency call centers during a storm. Non-emergency calls can prevent Houstonians with real life-threatening emergencies from getting help.