Emergency Info

To limit exposure and spread of COVID-19, Judge Hidalgo and Mayor Turner declared a Stay Home/Work Safe order for residents of Harris County and the City of Houston starting at 11:59 pm, March 24, 2020 through May 20, 2020.  

Although the state of Texas has begun to "reopen" in a phased approach, the following will be in place until further notice:


Essential public space services provided by our entities will continue, including:

Public Safety

Cleaning & Maintenance

Homeless Services

Streetscape General Conditions

Construction Work



We will continue to keep you informed; if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Just a reminder, a link to available resources can be found on our Central Houston and Downtown Houston websites.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit and or contact the Houston Health Department’s call center at 832-393-4220.

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Latest News & UpdatesLatest News & Updates

August 27, 2020
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall Overnight (Thursday, 8:30a.m.)

August 25, 2020
UPDATE: Hurricane Laura Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.

August 23, 2020
Update Tropical Storm Laura

Cone of uncertainty

August 21, 2020
Tropical Storm/Hurricane Preparation Update

  Tropical Depression 14


May 1, 2019
City Hosts Extreme Weather Ready Expo on June 8, 2019
May 6, 2019
Get ready for Hurricane Season during Hurricane Preparedness Week
May 28, 2019
Be Prepared and Track Active Hurricanes
July 1, 2019
Brazos Bridge Closed Due to Falling Debris
August 28, 2019
Tropical Storm Erin Forms, No Treat to Texas
September 17, 2019
Tropical Storm Imelda forms off the coast of Texas - Expect Heavy Rain, possible flooding



Operations Center & Downtown Emergency Coordination Center (DECC)

1313 Main
Houston, Texas 77002


Other Downtown websites

Downtown Houston
Central Houston

For media inquiries, please contact Angie Bertinot, 713.650.3022

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Reference Documents

Downtown Houston Emergency Plan (PDF)
Damage Assessment Report (PDF)