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Natural Disaster Information



The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and continues through November 30th of every year.  An individual’s ability to recover from an emergency tomorrow may depend on the planning and preparation done today. The following information provides tips which individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and the people who assist and support them, can take to prepare for emergencies before they happen. 

Useful websites:

How to Prep for Every Type of Natural Disaster

 Getting Your Family and Kids Prepared for a Disaster

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

 Protect Yourself: Don’t Lose Power This Winter

 Ready or Not: Disaster Preparedness in the Workplace

Is Your Parent’s Long-Term Care Residence Ready For An Emergency? Questions to Ask

 How To Keep Your House Warm During The Winter

 Pet Disaster Preparedness


Get Ready:  Planning for a Disaster: Individuals with disabilities and others with Access and Functional Needs

Video: (Captioned) Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs

Preparedness Videos and Information

Additional Emergency Supplies

State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)

Call 2-1-1 for a voluntary registry called State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry or STEAR for people who need assistance and evacuation in the case of a hurricane or natural disaster. The public may register year-round. Registry information will be forwarded to local Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs).  Local OEMs have the responsibility for coordinating evacuations.  You can also register online at

Any Texan is eligible to register.

  • Dial 2-1-1 to register in advance for a ride.
  • If you have a disability or a medical health care need which requires assistance to get out.
  • If you cannot drive and cannot arrange transportation.
  • If you do not have a vehicle and you have no one else to help you evacuate.

image from Flyer posted by U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development

Check below for a factsheet published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development concerning Fair Housing for Natural Disaster Survivors.

Disaster Factsheet.pdf | Disaster Factsheet – Spanish





    Office of the Governor Rick Perry 
    Committee on People with Disabilities


New tornado app brings American Red Cross safety information to mobile devices

The American Red Cross launched its official Tornado App this week, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas, such as Texas.

This free app—available in English or Spanish—gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

Other features of the app include:

· Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;

· Enhanced weather maps;

· One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm’s way;

· Simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;

· Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

· Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm;

· Locations of open Red Cross shelters; and

· Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

Launched during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Tornado App is the latest in a series of mobile apps created by the Red Cross, one of the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness. The apps have been used to help save lives during hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

Mobile activity soared due to Superstorm Sandy:

· More than 400,000 people downloaded the Red Cross Hurricane App;

· Nearly 6 million NOAA weather alerts were sent;

· Preparedness content was the most popular feature of the app followed by alerts and the shelter locator;

· The average time spent using the app increased 300 percent; and

· The app had 15 million page views.

Right after the storm, the Hurricane App was updated with real-time recovery information including Red Cross shelter and feeding sites, FEMA sites, open gas stations and warming centers to help those affected by the storm.

The Tornado App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit for course information and to register.

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