August 2018  


2017 Annual Report

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of all emergency management and homeland security activities for Harris County. The county comprises 34 cities, including Houston, the fourth-largest city in the nation and the largest in the state.
Harris County experienced many challenges and accomplishments in 2017 — including Super Bowl LI, the World Series and Hurricane Harvey. The lessons learned from these events help the county become better prepared for future threats.
Click the link below to read OHSEM's 2017 Annual Report.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 2017 Annual Report

Harris County Animal Shelter Reaches Historic Lifesaving Record

Since January 2018, the Harris County Animal Shelter has been able to maintain a 90 percent live-release rate thanks to life saving shelter programming, but the shelter now needs the community's support to sustain that record. On average, the Harris County Animal Shelter receives 40 to 60 animals a day - and often more during the summer months. June through August is the busiest time for receiving litters of puppies and kittens.
"It is our goal to find a positive outcome for every animal that comes through our doors," said Dr. Michael White, Harris County Animal Shelter director. "While we are thrilled to have achieved such a high save rate, we do need public support to sustain this number."
There are several ways to make a life saving impact for animals at the Harris County Animal Shelter:
Save a life - Dogs and cats of all shapes, colors, sizes and personalities are available to adopt. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, vaccines, microchip and a one-year pet license. Adopters are required to be 18 years old, and the adoption must take place in person.
Provide a pathway - Opening your home to an animal for just two to four weeks through the Harris County Animal Shelter foster program affords them the opportunity to be transported for placement to empty shelters in places like Colorado and Minnesota. Medication (if needed) and supplies are provided — you just provide the TLC! Send an email to for more information.
Enrich their stay - Volunteers provide instrumental support and care to shelter animals, whether it is playing with pups in the dog park, snuggling with kitties, assisting with adoption events or just providing a helping hand to medical, kennel and administrative staff. To be part of the Harris County Animal Shelter volunteer team, email
Make a contribution - Donations enhance the care provided to the animals. Consider purchasing an item from the HCAS wish list or make a monetary gift to support shelter animals.
Connect to our cause - Like the Harris County Animal Shelter on or follow the Harris County Animal Shelter on Instagram @harriscountypets.Instagram. Sharing posts of adoptable animals through social media increases awareness and helps to find them homes.
To learn more about the animals available for adoption, or how to be part of our life saving programs, visit or the Harris County Animal Shelter at 612 Canino Road.

New Regional Flood Warning System

The Harris County Flood Control District worked with Houston TranStar to develop a regional flood warning system that displays local street flooding using Flood Control District rainfall data overlayed on the TranStar traffic map.
The new system uses data from 170 Flood Control District rainfall gauges. Heavy rainfall (more than ½ inch in 15 minutes) triggers the likelihood of a flooding location in an area. The warning system then displays a pin indicating a flooded street location. The program updates every 15 minutes.
This new feature will help travelers see which local roads are probably unsafe to travel, and which are above water. This is a significant, potentially life-saving, improvement. Visit or download the Houston TranStar app available for iPhone and Android users.