Hurricane season is here. Be prepared.

From the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management…


June 1 marks the start of the 2017 hurricane season, although the season officially started in April when Tropical Storm Arlene formed over the north Atlantic. This is the third consecutive year that a storm has formed before the official start of hurricane season. Tropical Storm Ana formed in May 2015 and Hurricane Alex formed in January 2016.

“It is impossible to precisely predict where storms will form or hit, so it is important that everyone prepares,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “It only takes one storm to make it a bad year, regardless of the number of storms that are forecast.”

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) urges everyone to prepare now. Start by downloading the free ReadyHarris app, from the App Store or Google Play. The ReadyHarris app delivers real-time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes, and locates local emergency services. The app is available in both English and Spanish.

“Every minute counts when severe weather, or any emergency, threatens our community,” added Emmett. “This app empowers residents to make a personal plan and receive life-saving information at their fingertips.”

In addition, San Jacinto College students and employees are encouraged to visit the SJC AlertMe web page and sign up to receive voice and text message alerts in the event of a campus emergency. Notifications will automatically be sent to your San Jacinto College email, but you are encouraged to register to receive voice and text message alerts as well.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center released their 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook last week, predicting 11-17 named storms, five to nine could become hurricanes, two to four could reach major hurricane strength. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, but the peak of the season is from mid-August to mid-October.

Finally, stay informed before, during, and after a hurricane. Sign up to receive weather and emergency alerts at and closely monitor the news media. Residents can also follow HCOHSEM on Facebook and Twitter.