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August 22, 2020

Houston Officials Monitoring Tropical Storms Marco, Laura

Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and other city departments are working with the National Weather Service to monitor Tropical Storms Marco and Laura as they approach the Gulf of Mexico.

“The tropics are very active, and as we approach the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, we want to encourage residents to remain prepared and informed of any potential impacts to our region,” Mayor Turner said. “Now is the time to prepare. Stock your emergency kit, refill prescriptions, and monitor Houston OEM’s channels for official updates.”

While there is still uncertainty with each storm’s expected final path, Mayor Turner urges the community to stay weather aware this weekend. Official updates on Tropical Storms Marco and Laura will be shared at

Houstonians should also register for AlertHouston at for additional updates.

Houston residents who might need additional assistance in evacuating during a disaster can register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). STEAR allows residents to provide information on their specific situation to emergency management officials who will work to help them evacuate safely or provide them with the appropriate life-sustaining help they need in a disaster. Call 2-1-1 or visit for more information.


Planning for hurricane season and other potential disasters can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be especially so. Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Planificar para la temporada de huracanes y otros desastres potenciales puede ser estresante y, debido a que la temporada de huracanes del 2020 llega durante la pandemia del COVID-19, podría ser especialmente estresante:

About: The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the chief coordinating agency for disaster response in the nation's fourth-largest City. OEM provides emergency response coordination and communication assistance to City agencies, and serves as liaison to regional, state and federal agencies during times of emergency. In addition, OEM engages with the local community to promote emergency preparedness through a variety of initiatives. More information can be found at