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Hurricane Preparation

Prepare Now!

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.  Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required, and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at When you buy flood insurance, your coverage will not begin until 30 days after your purchase.

What supplies do I need?

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Extra clothing, hat, rain gear, Emergency blanket and sturdy shoes
  • Flashlight and Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical
  • items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool, tools and supplies for securing your home
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth
  • certificates, insurance policies)
  • Family and emergency contact information, cell phone with chargers and extra batteries
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Extra cash
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys, map(s) of the area
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

helping houston recover

We offer disaster repair services to low-income homeowners so they can live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Houston Habitat’s home repair program would not be possible without the support of our donors.

Support Disaster Repair

we can repair your home

Through our Disaster Home Repair program, Houston Habitat is repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and other disasters for low-income homeowners. By providing the repairs necessary to make homes safe, sanitary and secure, including mold testing and remediation, we help preserve Houston’s dwindling stock of affordable housing. And we help existing homeowners remain in their homes and rebuild their lives.

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Please apply through or call us at 713-671-9993 with any questions.



  • The home must have been damaged by a qualified disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey or the 2021 Winter Storm, and located in Harris County.
  • The home must be the only residence of the homeowner.
  • The homeowner’s income must be 80% or less of Houston’s average median income.
  • The home property taxes and mortgage must be current and there may not be any liens against the home.

Support for Disaster Repair

Qatar Harvey Fund announces support

Houston Habitat Receives $1.3M of $3.2M Qatar Harvey Fund Gift for Harvey Recovery

thanks to the partners that make our hurricane harvey recovery possible, including: