The floods in Houston have put a strain on emergency services phone numbers. Do not use 911 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages, or anything that is not an emergency. These calls delay help to people in true emergencies.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 and stay on the line until someone answers. Don't hang up.

Phone numbers:

Houston Police Department: 311 or 713-884-3131

Houston Fire Department: 311
*If you are awaiting rescue, prominently display a towel or sheet from a door or window so we can spot you. Addresses are tough to spot.

United States Coast Guard:





Center Point Energy:


Texas United Way: 211

Registration - 1-800-621-3362

National Emergency Child Locator Center: 1-866-908-9570

American Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

State Bar of Texas:

Legal Hotline - 1-800-504-7030


FEMA - Registration: Click here to register with FEMA

American Red Cross - Registration: Click here to check in with the American Red Cross

American Red Cross - Shelter: Click here to for a list of shelters

American Red Cross - Volunteer: Click here to volunteer