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Welcome to the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Website. Our mission is to provide programs and activities to City residents and departments to help them prepare for, cope with and recover from the effects of natural and man-made disasters. We do this through all four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

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Deaths of Children in Hot Vehicles is 100% Preventable

Learn how to help protect them when temparatures soar.

As temperatures heat up across Houston, it's important to remember to take extra precautions to keep children safe...

Preparing for Hurricane Season

Preparing for Hurricane Season

Know what to do now, before the storm hits.

The City of Houston wants residents to be prepared for disasters. As hurricane season begins, it's important to know your risk, know what to do, and have what you need.

City of Houston Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

City of Houston Hazard Mitigation Action Plan Revision

The City of Houston is updating the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, which priorities projects to help reduce Houston's risk to natural disasters. Before the plan is updated, OEM is looking for the input of our residents, and businesses about what issues should be addressed.

Houston Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Summit

City of Houston Houston Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Summit

Hundreds of participants joined the City of Houston for the 2017 Houston Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Summit. For information and photos of the event, click here

Report Suspicious Activity, Make the Call

Report Suspicious Activity, Make the Call

What is terrorism? While there is no single definition of terrorism, it can be defined generally as the use of violence to pursue a political goal. Terrorism can be classified in many different ways, but ultimately, communities should be on-guard for acts which could result in death or injury....

Are You in the Know? Emergency Alerts in Houston.

Are You in the Know? Emergency Alerts in Houston.

When severe weather or other emergencies strike, the effects can be widespread and may be injury or death. That's why its important to stay up to date with emergency notifications offered by trusted, local and national authorities. In Houston, we use three different systems to notify the publ...

Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

Pets Deserve an Emergency Plan Too!

When disaster strikes, having an emergency plan, and emergency supply kit and a way to stay informed is key to making sure your family is ready. Our animals are an important part of our family too. Take a moment to download and look over this brochure, brought to you by the City of Houston ...

Run.Hide.Fight® | Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Run.Hide.Fight® | Surviving an Active Shooter Event

ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. * Victims are most often selected at random. * The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly....

Would You Need Help in a Disaster? Register for STEAR Online or by Phone

Would You Need Help in a Disaster? Register for STEAR Online or by Phone

The State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry helps Texans with disabilities, or other functional and access needs identify themselves to local authorities. This confidential registry is only used to help provide services to the most vulnerable during disasters...


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About the EMC

Rick FlanaganRick Flanagan was appointed as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Houston in 2014. In his role, Mr. Flanagan oversees the emergency management program for the nation’s fourth-largest city, which includes the coordination of disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. More . . .

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Office of Emergency Management
5320 N Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77091

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713.884.4500 or 311

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