Planning for Outside Help

In the aftermath of a major disaster, a community’s resources will be stretched to—or beyond—their limits. Luckily, there may be outside assistance available from the federal government, the state, or other communities. Each community’s post-disaster plan should do everything it can to incorporate outside help if it is available. Consider creating “mutual aid” regional agreements with nearby communities, especially those out of the coastal zone that may be less likely to be damaged by coastal storms.

Your emergency management coordinator should familiarize him- or herself with Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) resources and procedures (e.g., who to contact with reports of damage or assistance needs as they arise during a storm).

Contact DEM, and the Texas General Land Office Hazard Mitigation Program to discuss how they can assist your community after a disaster.