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September is National Preparedness Month Prepared, Not Scared


(Houston, Texas) – Harris County Commissioners Court has declared September as National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) supports this effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

“Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have serious impacts,” said Harris County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan. “Residents, especially those new to our area, need to be aware about our local hazards and take steps to prepare.”

Throughout the month of September, HCOHSEM will be actively engaged in preparedness initiatives and encourages residents to follow @ReadyHarris on social media for important information about saving early for disaster costs, making a plan, teaching youth to prepare for disasters, and getting involved in community preparedness.

“If you already have a plan, review it and practice it with your family. It is critical that all members of your household know what to do in case of an emergency,” added Sloan. “Also, take the necessary measures to protect your home and property.”

Contact your insurance agent to discuss your coverage. Homeowners and commercial property policies specifically exclude coverage for damage from flooding caused by rising waters. To protect yourself from losses caused by most flooding, you will need to buy a separate flood insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program.

Remember, being prepared is a year-round commitment. Prepare yourself and sign up to help others. To find out how you can get involved in your community visit the Harris County Citizen Corps website.


To sign up to receive emergency alerts go to and follow @ReadyHarris on Facebook and Twitter.



Harris County Commissioners Court presented the 2019 National Preparedness Month Resolution to Harris County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan. (L to R: Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis)











Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de la Preparación Preparado, No Asustado


(Houston, Texas) - El Tribunal de Comisionados del Condado Harris ha declarado Septiembre como el Mes Nacional de la Preparación (NPM, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Oficina de Seguridad y Manejo de Emergencias del Condado Harris (HCOHSEM, por sus siglas en inglés) apoya este esfuerzo liderado por la Campaña Ready de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias. El tema de este año es "Preparado, no asustado."

"El clima severo y otras emergencias pueden ocurrir con poca o ninguna advertencia y pueden tener impactos serios," dijo Mark Sloan, Coordinador de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado Harris. "Los residentes, especialmente aquellos que son nuevos en nuestra área, deben conocer los peligros locales y tomar medidas para prepararse.”

A lo largo del mes de Septiembre, HCOHSEM participará en iniciativas de preparación y alienta a los residentes a seguir a @ReadyHarris en las redes sociales para obtener información importante sobre cómo prepararse temprano para los costos de un desastre, cómo hacer un plan, cómo enseñar a los jóvenes a prepararse para emergencias y cómo ayudar a la comunidad.

“Si ya tiene un plan, revíselo y practíquelo con su familia. Es fundamental que todos los miembros de su hogar sepan qué hacer en caso de una emergencia,” agregó Sloan. "También tome las medidas necesarias para proteger su hogar y propiedad.”

Póngase en contacto con su agente de seguros para analizar su cobertura. Las pólizas comunes de seguro de viviendas y propiedades comerciales excluyen la cobertura de daños causados por inundaciones. Para protegerse de pérdidas causadas por inundaciones, necesita comprar una póliza del Programa Nacional de Seguro Contra Inundaciones.

Recuerde, estar preparado es un compromiso que debemos realizar durante todo el año. Prepárese y luego regístrese para ayudar a otros. Interese cómo puede ayudar en su comunidad, visite el sitio web del Cuerpo de Ciudadanos del Condado Harris.


Para suscribirse para recibir alertas de emergencia, visite y siga a @ReadyHarris en Facebook y Twitter.



El Tribunal de Comisionados del Condado de Harris presento la Resolución del Mes Nacional de Preparación 2019 al Coordinador de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado Harris Mark Sloan. (De izquierda a derecha: Comisionado del Recinto 3 Steve Radack, Comisionado del Recinto 4 R. Jack Cagle, Juez del Condado Harris Lina Hidalgo, Coordinador de Manejo de Emergencias Mark Sloan, Comisionado del Recinto 2 Adrián García, Comisionado del Recinto 1 Rodney Ellis)





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 Student Safety Tips


1. No Texting While Walking


The dangers of texting and walking are just as real as texting and driving. During the month of September, those key before- and after- school hours is when most children are hit by cars.  


Teach children to leave their phones accessible but to avoid using them while walking to and from school, and especially not while crossing the street. Then, set the example by not texting while walking. Save yourselves potential injuries and medical bills.



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2. Create Safety for Physical Activities


On the playground or during gym class, look for properly functioning and cared-for equipment and safe surfaces. Reporting hazardous or broken equipment to the school can help prevent playground related accidents and injuries. Lastly, avoid clothing with drawstrings.


On the field, court or track, students should let their coaches know when they are injured or are not feeling well enough to play. Keep hydrated and always make sure students have the proper protective equipment for each sport.



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3. Rehearse Your After-School Plans


For most American families, there is a window of time where children are home while their parents are still at work. For these instances, create a plan and rehearse it as diligently as you would a fire drill. The American Red Cross shares some great advice if you are not sure where to start.



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