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Evacuation Information: 2-1-1
FEMA: 1-800-621-3362
SNAP Food Benefits:: 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905
American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767
Texas Attorney General Office: 1-800-252-8011
(Report Price Gouging)
Roadside Assistance: 1-800-525-5555
TxDOT Statewide Road Closures: 1-800-452-9292
Relay Service: 7-1-1
(Hearing Impaired and Visual Disabilities)

The 2013 Hurricane Season is here, and Gov. Rick Perry is urging all Texans to take steps now to protect their families and property from potential storms. In Texas, our strategy for dealing with disasters is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In advance of storms this hurricane season, residents along the Texas coast should take simple steps to ensure their families have a plan in place should a storm threaten their homes.

Make A Plan. Be Prepared. Be Ready.

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News & Announcements - 2013 Season

  • Friday, May 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Emergency Response Starts with Individual Preparedness
    As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Gov. Rick Perry is urging Texans to prepare their families and homes for the 2013 hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 through the end of November.
  • Monday, August 27, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Prepares as Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens Gulf Coast
    Gov. Rick Perry has activated the Disaster District Committee (DDC) in Beaumont and placed state and local emergency management assets on alert as Tropical Storm Isaac makes it way towards the Gulf Coast. Current forecasts predict the storm will strengthen to a hurricane and make landfall in southern Louisiana within the next 36 hours.
  • Friday, June 01, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges All Texans to Prepare for 2012 Hurricane Season
    Gov. Rick Perry urged all Texans to prepare their families and homes for the 2012 hurricane season, which officially began June 1, and runs through the end of November. The governor was joined by State Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Response Activation Exercise to assess the readiness of state emergency management personnel and resources.
  • Thursday, July 28, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges Texans to Prepare for Tropical Storm Don
    Gov. Rick Perry is urging Texas residents to prepare their homes and families for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Don, which is moving through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Texas coast. The National Weather Service is currently predicting landfall along the central Texas coast late Friday night or early Saturday morning. As the storm moves inland across south central Texas over the weekend, there is a possibility of isolated tornadoes, strong winds and flash flooding.
  • Friday, June 03, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Adds TWIA to Special Session Call
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the addition of legislation relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to the special session call.
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges Texans to Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season
    Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed May 22-29, 2011, as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Texas to coincide with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The governor and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are urging all Texans to prepare their homes and families for the 2011 hurricane season, which is predicted to be above-average by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2011 • San Antonio, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Planning and Learning from Experiences Helps Texas Prepare for Future Disasters
    Gov. Rick Perry today thanked first responders and emergency management officials for their efforts to protect fellow Texans' lives, property and livelihood from the threat of natural disasters. The governor spoke at the 2011 Texas Emergency Management Conference, which is hosted by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
  • Friday, January 21, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week
    In the past few years, catastrophic hurricanes have had devastating effects on Texas and nearby states. As these storms have demonstrated, hurricanes pose a serious threat; as a result, we must be ever-vigilant in the face of severe weather.
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces SBA Assistance for Counties Effected by Tropical Storm Hermine
    Gov. Rick Perry announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted his request to provide federal disaster assistance to Bell, Tarrant and Williamson counties, which were devastated by Tropical Storm Hermine in September.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Appeals Denial of Presidential Disaster Declaration for 13 Texas Counties
    Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to President Barack Obama appealing his administration’s decision not to grant Texas a presidential disaster declaration for 13 counties due to extensive flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. This Presidential Disaster Declaration would provide federal assistance to support ongoing recovery efforts.