Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Voluntary Evacuations Issued for Portions of Coastal Houston Zip Codes; City Prepares for Hurricane Laura Landfall

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have ordered a Voluntary Evacuation of Zip Zone A and Zip Zone B, which includes City of Houston Zip Codes 77059, 77062, and 77058 North. 

Houstonians in the voluntary evacuation areas who have no place to relocate and/or have access and functional needs can call 3-1-1 for shelter information. Anyone outside of the zone should be prepared to shelter in place. 

Callers will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, and call takers will provide necessary assistance to residents who require transportation or have access and functional needs.

Houston is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Coastal areas of Houston are under a Hurricane Warning, and a Storm Surge Watch is still in effect. 

Updates on Hurricane Laura will be issued regularly at www.houstonemergency.org.

What is the City Doing?

The City is preparing emergency response resources to be able to meet the public safety needs of residents during the storm:
  • Houston Health Department-affiliated COVID-19 testing sites are closed Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 due to Hurricane Laura. View updates at HoustonEmergency.org/COVID19
  • The Houston Fire Department is performing operational readiness with nine high-water rescue vehicles, a high-water booster, 18 evacuation boats, 10 swift water boats, seven wave runners and a fire boat. 
  • OEM will issue emergency alerts, shelter updates, and recovery information through AlertHouston, the City’s emergency notification system. Register at AlertHouston.org
As some surrounding areas issue mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Laura, we expect to see an increase in traffic on Houston roadways. Houstonians should stay off the roads as much as possible through Wednesday to allow people evacuating from other areas to have access through the city of Houston.

If the storm causes damage to roadways, debris or trees in streets, or causes street flooding, residents can report these to Houston 311 so that the City can dispatch crews to remediate the situation.

Houstonians can monitor official city updates, see the latest weather forecasts, and review additional preparedness information at www.houstonemergency.org