City’s OEM Holds Workshop On How To Better Protect Houston From Natural Disasters

It will be held Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m. at United Way

A load of Harvey evacuees in the back of Chris Ginter's monster truck in Houston on Aug. 29, 2017. Ginter volunteered to evacuate residents from their flooded neighborhood near Buffalo Bayou.

The City of Houston's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting a workshop to get Houstonians' input on how to better prepare the city to deal with natural disasters and to give them an opportunity to learn how to plan and protect themselves more effectively.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, January 31st, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the United Way office located at 50 Waugh Drive.

One of the main reasons the OEM is hosting the workshop is because, in the near future, it will amend the City's Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, which outlines a plan for reducing risk through a variety of projects and has become particularly relevant because of the devastation caused in the last few years by several severe weather episodes, especially Hurricane Harvey.

According to a news release distributed by the OEM, the people who attend the workshop will be able to contribute written or personal comments to the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan Amendment and speak one-on-one with representatives from various agencies, including the OEM, the National Weather Service, the Houston Fire Department, the City of Houston's Public Works Department, among others.

The attendees will also receive information about how to assess their home's risk from flooding, wildfire, storm surge, and other natural hazards, as well as tips on reducing their family's risk.

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