Prepare for an Emergency
Are you prepared for an emergency? Seabrook is located on the Texas Gulf Coast and is prone to several types of disasters, primarily hurricanes. Hurricane season starts June 1st each year and does not end until November 30th.
Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for disaster... PREPARE NOW!
The first and most important step to prepare for a disaster is to be and stay informed. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
- Sign up for Seabrook Alerts
Seabrook uses the Swift911 system to notify residents of emergencies, evacuations, water issues, amber alerts and even road closures. This system is set up to automatically call resident and business land-lines, however, it very important for our citizens to sign up for this service in order to receive notifications on their cell phones and email.
- Sign up for City News
In addition to signing up for Seabrook Alerts, we also encourage everyone to sign up for general City News. While receiving emergency notifications is very important, it is equally important to receive general city news and information. This information varies from month to month but includes news updates about city projects, city events, holidays, traffic alerts and much more.
- Download the Houston/Galveston Area Evacuation Map
If you are asked to evacuate you will need to do so according to your zip code. Seabrook's zip code is 77586 which is in Evacuation Zip Zone A (yellow on the map). SH 146 is the main evacuation route for Seabrook.
- Follow us on Social Media
Did you know that the City of Seabrook is on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and even YouTube? The City of Seabrook actively posts and monitors social media. Over the past several years, social media has revolutionized the way people stay informed during an emergency.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how will you get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
- Download and Complete this Family Communication Plan
- Identify an Out-of-Town Contact (i.e. Emergency Contact)
During an emergency, it may be easier to call someone who is long-distance than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. It is also key to have each family member memorize this number and other emergency contact numbers. Be sure to save your Emergency Contact in your phone and label it ICE (In Case of Emergency). In the event of an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings.
- Pick a Place to Meet
Depending on the type of disaster you may need to shelter in place or evacuate; make sure no matter the situation you have discussed and picked a common meeting place in case you are separated from your family.
- Frequently Discuss Your Plan
It is not just enough to make a plan and then forget about it. Be sure to set time aside each month to review your plan. Consider the type of emergencies that may occur in our area: flooding, hurricanes, chemical emergencies, etc. Discuss with your family what you would do in each situation. Have a plan for each scenario.
- Be Informed
Ensure that each family member knows how to stay informed during the emergencies. Keep lines of communication open with one another, plus stay up to date by signing up for City of Seabrook Notifications and Alerts (see above).
Build a Kit
A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and you will only be able to take essential items with you. You may also have to survive on your own after the emergency, so it is a good idea have your own food, water, and other supplies that are sufficient enough to last for at least 72 hours. Your supplies should also contain items that help you manage electric and water outages.
1-Gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
At least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
A battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, plus extra batteries for both
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust Mask, Plastic Sheeting & Duct Tape
To help filter contaminated air in case of a shelter-in-place
- Toilette Paper, Moist Towelettes, Garbage Bags and Plastic Ties
Personal satiation is important to keep in mind
- Wrench and/or Pliers
- Manual Can Opener
- Local Maps
- Cell Phone and Phone Chargers (solar charger)
- Important Family Documents
Copies of insurance policies, identification, bank records and household inventory list
- Cash, Traveler's Checks and Change
- Baby or Elderly Supplies (as needed)
- Medications, Prescriptions and Medical Equipment
- Pet Food, Water and Pet Supplies
- Blankets and Towels
- Change of Clothes
- Emergency Contact List
- Soap, Tooth Brush, Toothpaste and Personal Hygiene Items
- Matches (in a waterproof container)
- Fire Extinguisher
- Paper Plates and Cups
- Paper and Pencil