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Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett
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Welcome to the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM) Web site.

Updated daily, this Web site gives you the tools to get informed, get prepared, and get involved.

An involved community is a well prepared community and your family’s partnership with Harris County is the foundation of our homeland security and emergency management strategy.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and OHSEM hope you will visit our site often.

Download Ike Five Year Anniversary Report here

Download All-Hazards Disaster guide here

Download Hurricane brochure here

Download Emergency Essentials List here

Vision and Mission
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) will be a national model of “best practices” in emergency planning, preparation, response and recovery.

Harris County OHSEM will help prepare, safeguard and protect the residents and property of Harris County from the effects of disasters through effective planning, preparation, response and recovery activities. To accomplish this mission, OHSEM will:
  • Develop, maintain and coordinate a comprehensive emergency management plan.
  • Activate and staff an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate and support efforts to respond to, and recover from, emergencies and disasters.
  • Develop and assist in the delivery of effective public outreach programs.
  • Collect, provide and disseminate information for elected officials, the media, our residents, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Train, educate, and prepare for emergencies through the development and delivery of effective classes, drills and exercises.