HOUSTON – Storms can put a strain on emergency helplines across the Houston area.
To help avoid issues with accessing emergency services, call 911 only in the case of an emergency. Don’t use 911 for any other purpose, including checking the weather or any other weather-related non-emergency need, as doing so can delay help to people who need emergency assistance.
However, if you do have an emergency need, call 911 and do not hang up.
Houston Police Department: 311 or 713-884-3131 (non-emergency line) If you need to be rescued, display a towel or sheet in a prominent spot, such as on a door or window, so you can be spotted, as addresses may be hidden or otherwise difficult to see.
Houston Fire Department: 311
United States Coast Guard:
713-578-3000 (Coast Guard Air Station Houston) 281-464-4851
Center Point Energy: 713-659-2111
Texas United Way: 211
FEMA: Registration - 1-800-621-3362
National Emergency Child Locator Center: 1-866-908-9570
American Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
State Bar of Texas:
Legal Hotline - 1-800-504-7030
FEMA - Registration: Click here to register with FEMA
American Red Cross - Registration: Click here to check in with the American Red Cross
American Red Cross - Shelter: Click here to for a list of shelters
American Red Cross - Volunteer: Click here to volunteer