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Disasters such as Hazardous Materials accidents, terrorist acts, aircraft crashes, and tropical storms can and do occur in Northeast Harris and Southeast Montgomery County. This area is geographically located in a significant disaster risk zone. Within the area are numerous railroad lines, a major Interstate Highway, an International airport, several primary storm drainage channels including the San Jacinto River, and a population in excess of 150,000. Such occurrences as Hurricane Tidal Surges will affect the highly populated areas along the Texas Gulf Coast. The area is located on the southern edge of the northern most portion of Harris County that is affected by Hurricane Tidal Storm Surges. The area lies directly in a corridor through which Storm Surge Evacuation of the Galveston/Brazoria County region is planned. In 2005 such an evacuation moved in excess of 1 million persons into or through the area. This area has and will likely continue to experience flash flooding on a massive scale. Past Tropical Storms have dropped 20 inch or greater rainfalls resulting in widespread local flooding. There is no indication that disaster incidents affecting the area will diminish in number or impact. Regional population growth, tropical storm trends, and geo-political conditions may even lead to increases in the risk of disaster.

Over the past several years three declared disasters have taxed area capability to cope with relief efforts for displaced persons. Those were flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, the Evacuation during Hurricane Katrina and later during Hurricane Rita, both in 2005. Government, Faith Based Groups, Private Enterprise, and Local Citizens put forth extraordinary efforts to provide basic needs for displaced persons when those arose. These incidents brought to light deficiencies in regional preparedness for sheltering large numbers of evacuees/refugees. Reviews of response during these incidents revealed there was often insufficient communication and coordination between the many entities drawn into those efforts. This sometimes resulted in waste or misdirection of resources during times when the need was greatest.

Coalitions must exist to efficiently develop, coordinate, and utilize disaster relief resources involving multiple groups. The Northeast Harris/Southeast Montgomery County Coalition for Disaster Relief Preparedness is dedicated to facilitating the organization of human and material resources in its geographical area for efficient response to local Disaster Relief efforts.

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PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES

Brochures and links to help you prepare for disasters

* Thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning (download PDF)

* Evacuation Contrafow Routes

* Turn around; don't drown

* Tornado information for kids

* Hurricane Evacuation Map by zip codes

* Evacuation Kit

* Family Disaster Plan

* FEMA-National Flood Insurance Program

* Ready Kids

* Ready Houston

* Ready Business

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