Dear Member of the Disability Community:
Hurricane season began on June 1st and will last until November 30th— and most towns and counties in Texas are experiencing rising cases of COVID-19. It is more important now than ever to prepare the disability community for disasters and other emergencies.
Disability-related organizations should know how to contact their local Emergency Management Office with concerns about preparing, evacuating, and sheltering issues related to disasters. Disability-related organizations should also know how to contact their local Public Health entity with concerns about COVID-19 and health compliance in congregate settings. Find these important contacts using these steps:
|Local Emergency Management Offices:||Local Public Health Entities:|
|Step 1:||Visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website located at: https://tdem.texas.gov/field-response/.||Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website, located at: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/regions/lhds.shtm.|
|Step 2:||Choose the region that includes your county under the “Regions” tab.||Locate your local public health organization by city or zip code.|
|Step 3:||Click on the county you live in under the “Counties” section. This will take you to your county website.||Locate the phone number and director associated with your local public health organization.|
|Step 4:||Navigate your county’s website to find your local Office of Emergency Management.|
|Step 5:||Click on the link to find contact information for your local county’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). If you live in an urban area, your OEM may direct you to a city-level OEM.|
Resources for individuals with disabilities can be found in the Directory of Community Resources at http://disabilityresources.tamu.edu/. Resources for COVID-19 or Hurricane Harvey can be found through the REsources for Disaster and Disability (REDDy) Directory also at http://disabilityresources.tamu.edu/.
Please contact us at email@example.com for further assistance or questions. You can also visit Project REDD: Research and Education on Disability and Disaster for more information on disaster and disability at redd.tamu.edu
Laura M. Stough, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Psychology
Assistant Director, Center on Disability and Development
Texas A&M University