The start of Hurricane Season is just a few weeks away. The 2021 season begins June 1. The Harris County Flood Control District encourages Harris County residents to take the time to prepare their families and homes for hurricanes and related impacts. Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive natural disasters that we face. It only takes one to change your life.
Preparedness is the key to protecting Harris County residents and property. By doing so, residents ensure that they will survive if a hurricane threatens the area. Get Prepared: As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Before Hurricane Season:
- Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency, identify meeting locations, and make a Family Emergency Communication Plan.
- Purchase flood insurance. Harris County Flood Control District recommends that all Harris County residents become informed about their flood risk and have flood insurance no matter where they reside in Harris County. Flood insurance accelerates the rebuilding and replacement of personal property and fosters community resiliency as a whole. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website or call 1-888-379-9531.
- Sign up for FWS alerts. The Flood Warning System offers an alert feature that allows residents to subscribe to receive email and/or text alerts that report near real-time rainfall and water levels. Residents are able to customize alerts and notifications for bayous and tributaries in their particular areas of interest. Sign up for the Alert Notification System at fwsalerts.org.
Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center.
View the Harris County Flood Control District Stormready webpage at hcfcd.org/stormcenter to view the District Hurricane Guide, information on Flood Insurance and more.