Before A Storm
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.
Seabrook Alerts is the City of Seabrook's emergency notification system and is used to notify residents of emergencies, evacuations, water issues, and other high-priority information.
General city news notifications provide you with instant information about what's happening in Seabrook. Get an email or text message when updates are shared on our website regarding upcoming events, city projects, traffic alerts, holidays, and more.
When evacuation orders are given, you won't have much time to plan your route out of town. Use the evacuation maps provided by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Harris County to make a plan now.
Follow the city's social media accounts:
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.
Family Communication Plan
Complete the Family Communication Plan provided by ReadyHarris. Once complete, you can email it as a PDF to ensure everyone who needs one, has a copy.
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.
Ensure that each family member knows how to stay informed during 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 to 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