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Hurricane Season is Here: Are You Ready?

The 2019 Hurricane Season officially began on June 1. With a tropical system bearing down on the Gulf Coast, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide resources to ensure you are properly prepared for this year’s storm season.

  1. Create or update an emergency supply kit for your home and family. Once you look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family may have, such as pets (download pet emergency checklist) or seniors (download disaster preparedness guide for seniors).
  2. Make a plan
    1. Sign up for emergency alerts through your local government
      1. You can find a list of links to Houston-area alert systems here:
        1. City Systems
        2. County Systems
        3. School District Alerts
    2. Have a plan in case you need to evacuate
      1. Print out this map (yes, print because your cell phone may not work) and highlight your evacuation route from both home and work.
      2. Write down important addresses and phone numbers on the back of hurricane evacuation map you just printed. BE SURE to write down a safe place destination address and phone number!
      3. Put a copy in every vehicle at your household and show each member in your household the map and information on the back.
      1. Make sure you and your family know all the important numbers. Use this family communication plan card that you can print out and leave in your wallet.
    3. Other info:
      1. We suggest following the experts at for their no-nonsense, straightforward weather forecasting.
      2. Check out for more detailed information on preparing your home and family for any number of emergencies. They also have links to risks and flooding maps, as well as evacuation zones.
      3. In case of flooding while you’re out and about: turn around, don’t drown. Our first responders will already have their hands full. We don’t want to see you on the news, or worse!
      4. ARTISTS: If you have an artistic practice (whether amateur or professional), check out the HARF Hurricane Preparedness Guide and the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide for tips on how to safeguard your work.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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