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Helpful Phone Numbers

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.

Ready or Not? Have a Plan »  Preparing for a Storm
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News & Announcements - 2013 Season

  • Monday, January 05, 2009 • Proclamation
    Proclamation January 5, 2009
    Governor Perry did issue an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on September 8, 2008, as Hurricane Ike posed a threat of imminent disaster along the Texas Coast and in specified counties in Texas. The disaster proclamation was subsequently renewed through January 5, 2009, in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Names Witt Director of Disaster Recovery and Renewal
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced Ellen Witt to replace Brian Newby as director of the Division of Disaster Recovery and Renewal within the Office of the Governor. The division will provide support for the Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal, which is an advisory panel of public and private sector experts that will guide the state’s long-term recovery and renewal efforts in the wake of the devastating 2008 hurricane season. The division will also continue working with local officials to help ensure communities are optimally positioned to rebuild after future catastrophic events.
  • Friday, December 19, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Appeals FEMA Denial for Federal Assistance for Ike Recovery
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) denial to extend for 18 months 100 percent reimbursement of emergency protective measures, and debris removal, and other Public Assistance work areas (Categories A-G) for Hurricane Ike. FEMA notified the Governor's Office on November 26 that only six months of debris removal (Category A) was approved for 100 percent reimbursement.
  • Thursday, December 11, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Requests Extension of FEMA Registration Deadline
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extend the registration deadline until Jan. 10 for Hurricane Ike victims to apply for individual assistance. The current registration deadline for Ike victims ends Friday.
  • Friday, December 05, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Requests Funding to Expedite Temporary Housing for Ike Victims
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry requested in a letter on November 26, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate funding to establish an alternative temporary housing program to augment the existing FEMA temporary housing program for victims of Hurricane Ike.
  • Friday, December 05, 2008 • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues Another Disaster Extension of Hurricane Ike
    Governor Perry did issue an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on September 8, 2008, as Hurricane Ike posed a threat of imminent disaster along the Texas Coast and in specified counties in Texas. The disaster proclamation was subsequently renewed through December 6, 2008, in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Disaster Recovery and Renewal Commission
    HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of the Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal, an advisory panel of public and private sector experts who will create a plan to assist Texas communities with recovery efforts after a natural disaster. The governor also announced that he has directed the Texas Department of Transportation to immediately begin assisting with debris removal in Southeast Texas.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008 • Executive Order
    RP69 - Relating to the creation of the Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal.
  • Friday, November 07, 2008 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Thanks Hurricane Ike Emergency Operations Workers
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated the state’s thanks to emergency operations workers who assisted with response and recovery efforts during Hurricane Ike. Workers at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center today received a steak dinner, courtesy of Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, as part of a friendly wager between Gov. Perry and Gov. Henry over the outcome of the Red River Rivalry game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners.
  • Thursday, November 06, 2008 • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues a Disaster Extension of Hurricane Ike
    Governor Perry did issue an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on September 8, 2008, as Hurricane Ike posed a threat of imminent disaster along the Texas Coast and in specified counties in Texas. The disaster proclamation was subsequently renewed through November 6, 2008, in the wake of Hurricane Ike.