Tropical storms Laura, Marco are in the Gulf. Here are the emergency alerts, numbers you should have

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Tropical Storm Laura is active in the Gulf, and it could potentially impact Houston in a big way this week. The federal government has approved a preemptive disaster declaration for Texas ahead of the storm.

Here are some emergency alerts you should sign up for, as well as emergency numbers to keep on hand.

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Get specific emergency alerts from the city’s Emergency Operations Center, including severe weather alerts, through email, text message, voice call or a mobile app push notification.

Most alerts are targeted to specific locations. Enter up to five addresses to receive updates about your home or a loved one’s address. Sign up and learn more at

Ready Harris Alerts

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management sends out important updates during an event or emergency, as well as tips to stay prepared throughout the year.

You can specify if you would like email, text or phone call alerts. Sign up here and learn more at

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

WEA messages are automatically sent to your cell phone, as long as you haven’t opted out and have a WEA-capable phone. Government partners, including local and state public safety agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, will send out these messages during an emergency in your area.

The City of Houston may issue a WEA warning for:

  • Terrorist Activity
  • Citywide Weather Emergencies
  • Evacuation Orders
  • Shelter-in-Place Emergencies
  • Other emergencies which require action to protect life

If you have opted out of Wireless Emergency Alerts, now is a good time to opt back in. Visit for more information.

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Email alerts from and the Houston Chronicle

You can get breaking news and storm updates delivered to your inbox from when you sign up at Here, sign up for news emails (and other newsletters) from the Houston Chronicle and

Other important numbers: 

  • 911 (Emergency use only)
  • Houston Police Department: 311 or 713-884-3131
  • Houston Fire Department: 311
  • Coast Guard (Houston): 713-578-3000
  • Center Point: 713-659-2111