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The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management is the primary coordinating body for disaster response in the nation's fourth-largest City.

OEM serves City departments, residents, businesses and visitors with programs and services to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

 


OEM Media Releases

As Houston Prepares for Blast of Cold Temperatures, City Officials Remind Residents to Be Winter Ready

HOUSTON - The National Weather Service (NWS) says the Houston area can expect to see temperatures drop dramatically from the high 70's into the low 30s this weekend as an arctic blast impacts much of the Nation. While no roadway freezing is expected, it serves as a reminder that Houston can,...

Severe Weather Update #1 | Heavy Rainfall Expected Over The Weekend. City of Houston Monitoring Potential for Flooding

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather this weekend. National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts indicate that the Houston area could receive from 6-8 inches over the next few days, with some areas receiving more. Additio...

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Monitoring Severe Weather Potential This Weekend

City of Houston Residents Urged to Be Vigilant, Prepare for Storms

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather this weekend. The National Weather Service says heavy rain and strong thunderstorms are expected to move into our area beginning Friday afternoon and last through the weekend. Rai...

Houston Urban Area Security Initiative Hosts Regional Exercise on Access & Functional Needs

HOUSTON - When disasters strike, oftentimes the most vulnerable people are disproportionately affected. Throughout the nation, local emergency management, public safety and disability advocacy organizations are working together to help ensure that people with disabilities, and those with access ...

Houston Residents in Harris County May Now Qualify for Federal Disaster Assistance following May and June Flooding

HOUSTON - Houstonians who live Harris County who sustained damage or losses from the storms and flooding that occurred May 26 - June 24 can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This amendment to the federal disaster declaration adds Harris Co...

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OEM Public Service Announcements

Freezing Temperatures Expected Overnight, the City of Houston Offers Safety Tips

HOUSTON - The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for the Houston area from 9:00pm Thursday until 8:00am Friday. As Houston prepares for freezing temperatures overnight, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is offering the following tips to help Houstonians...

As Storms and Flooding Continue, Houston OEM Offers Safety Tips and Resources

Heavy Rain and Flooding Causing Dangerous Conditions

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is encouraging Houston residents to take precautions as heavy rain causes street flooding throughout the city. The Houston Fire Department (HFD) reports that they have responded to over 150 motor vehicle accidents across the City since 5:30...

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Offers Tips & Information for Flood Safety Awareness Week.

HOUSTON - March 16 - 22, 2014 is National Flood Awareness Week, and the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is offering the following tips to help residents be prepared for flooding, and to make safe choices when flooding occurs. 1) Know Your Threat Houston's geograp...

Freezing Temperatures Expected Early This Week, The City of Houston Offers Safety Tips

Houstonians Urged to Protect the 4 P's

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is asking residents to be vigilant as freezing temperatures begin impacting the City early Monday morning. As temperatures dip into the 20s, it is important to know that there are some basic steps residents can take to ensure that they sta...

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