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Cameron County Emergency Management (and Fire Marshal Service)


Our Mission is to support County and local governments in the four the phases of the emergency management cycle:

    • --prevention (mitigation),
    • --preparedness (emergency planning),
    • --response, and
    • --recovery

regarding man-made/natural disasters or evolving emergencies.

Contact Information


964 E. Harrison St., 2nd Floor | Brownsville, Texas 78520 Ph: (956) 547-7000 | Fax: (956)547-7006




Emergency Management Newsletter

In this issue (November 2019):

--Home Cooking Fire Prevention
--Home Heating Fire Prevention
--Home Cooking Fire Statistics
--Home Cooking Fire Safety Tips
--2019 Hurricane Season in Review
--Important Phone Numbers/Web sites


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When a local disaster receives a presidential "federal disaster" designation, affected residents have 3 ways that they can apply for

disaster assistance (up to the 60th day after the disaster):

Cuando un desastre local recibe una designacion de "desastre federal" presidencial, los residentes afectados tienen 3 maneras de solicitar asistencia de desastres (ultimo dia siendo 60 dias despues del desastre):

1.Call 1-800-621-3362

1.Llame al 1-800-621-3362

2.visit (English) or (Spanish)

2.visite (inglés)
o (español)

3. visit Disaster Recovery Center (if declared a federal disaster, a location will be announced)

3.visite un Centro de Recuperacion (si se declara un desastre federal, se anunciara el local)

Disaster Assistance Factsheet-English

Disaster Assistance Factsheet-Spanish


If debris removal operations take place
(at some point) following a disaster, below are
suggestions in separting debris for pickup.

Si se llevan a cabo operaciones de collección de escombros
(en algún momento) después de un desastre, a continuación se encuentran
sugerencias en como separar los escombros en preparacion de la collección.

Curbside Debris Flyer-English

Curbside Debris Flyer-Spanish

To help avoid damage to pipes, water/gas meters, and electrical/telephone posts, resident are asked to place their debris on the curbside (or right-of-way).


The debris should be separated into piles based on these categories:

  • Normal Household Trashnormal household trash will not be picked up with disaster debris. You should continue to follow your normal garbage removal schedule.
  • Construction & Demolition Debrisbuilding materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing
  • Appliances & White Goods dishwashers, stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators (ensure that Freon is removed as landfill does not accept appliances with Freon)
  • Electronics & Computersradios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord
  • Household Hazardous Wastecleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based paints & stains and pesticides.


Additionally, it is possible a home cleanup hotline may be established
to assist affected residents needing home cleanup. 

Además, es posible que se establezca una línea directa de limpieza de viviendas
para ayudar a los residentes afectados que necesitan limpieza en el hogar.





Expand links below for more information:

Fire Marshal Service


Fire Safety Tip Sheets: Causes

Escape planning

Fire and safety equipment

Household equipment



Unintentional injuries


Winter Fire Safety Tips

Literature (Preparedness & S.T.E.A.R. Evacuation Transportation)
Hurricane Evacuation Maps (Zones & Routes) & Important Links
Reverse 911 Emergency Notification Service

Reverse 911 Emergency Notification Service for Mobile Phones

(Servicio de Notificación de Emergencias para Teléfonos Móviles
or call (o marca) 855-879-1911


Hurricane Season

Runs June 1 thru November 30

(La temporada de huracanes del Oceano Atlántico

se extiende desde el 1 de junio hasta el 30 de noviembre)

(Tiempo Meteorológico)


Local Daily





Update &












Diaria del









Disaster Preparedness
(Preparación Ante-Desastre)

Personal Disaster Preparedness:

(Preparación Personal Ante-Desastre)



"When Disaster Hits, Will You Be Ready?" DIsaster Preparedness Presentation

Presentacion de Preparación Ante-Desastre (Cuando Occura un Desastre, ¿Estarás Listo?)

"The Faces of Preparedness--Community Outreach via Social Media"



Cameron County Hurricane Preparedness Brochure
Folleto de
Preparación Ante-Huracán

Pre-landfall (Antes de Tocar tierra)
Evacuation (Evacuación)
Emergency Kit (Caja de Emergencia or Suministros)
2-1-1 S.T.E.A.R Registry (Registro 2-1-1 S.T.E.A.R.)
Reverse 911 Mobile Phone Emergency Notification (Servicio de Notificación de Emergencias para Teléfonos Móviles)

Emergency & Disaster Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Planificación de Emergencias y Desastres Para Niños con Necesidades de Salud Especiales


1.  Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information to Get Ready
(or Printer-friendly version)

2.  Prepare for Emergencies Now:  Information for Pet Owners
Printer-friendly version)

3.  Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Older Americans 
(or Printer-friendly version)

4.  Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities 
(or Printer-friendly version)

5.  Severe Weather Awareness Guide 

6.  When Disaster Hits Will You Be Ready?


1. Prepararse Tiene Sentido: Esté Listo Ahora
(o versión lista para imprimir)

2.  Prepararse Tiene Sentido: Información Para los Dueños de Mascotas
3.  Al Ocurrir Un Desastre, ¿Estarás listo?


 Videos de Preparacion Ante-Desastre

1.  Tri-County created Videos:

English/Spanish/American Sign Language

Evacuation Routes
2-1-1 Registry, now named S.T.E.A.R. Registry 
Flood Risk Assessment
Emergency Plan
Emergency Supply Kit
Shelter Tips
Water Safety
Flood Water Health Risks
Food Safety
Debris Removal

2.  Texas (TDEM) created videos (English & American Sign Language)

Texas (DSHS) created videos (English & Español-Spanish) "Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare"


1.  Videos Creados Localmente por el Condado de Cameron, Hidalgo y Willacy
(Trilingüe: Ingles/
Español y idioma para los Sordomudos-American Sign Language)

Rutas de Evacuación
Registro 2-1-1; ahora nombrado Registro S.T.E.A.R.
Evaluación de Riesgo de Inundación
Plan de Emergencia
Equipo de Suministros
Sugerencia Sobre Albergues
Seguridad Sobre Agua
Zonas Anegadas y Riesgos a la Salud
Seguridad Sobre Comidad
Extracción de Escombros 

Videos Creados Por el Estado (DSHS) "Para Sobrevivir Un Desastre: Como Se Prepara Texas"

IV.  FORMS  (courtesy of Texas DSHS)

1.  Family Emergency Plan

2.  Disaster Supply Kit Checklist  (or Large-type Disaster Supply Checklist)

3.  Emergency Contact Wallet Card


1.  Plan de Emergencia Para la Familia

2.  Juego de Suministros Para Desastres

3.  Tarjeta de Cartera de Emergencia

(Portales de Autorregistro)

1. Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification Service for Mobile Phones
(Servicio de Notificación de Emergencias para Teléfonos Móviles


NOTE: in the event local emergency officials use this service
(Note: en caso que los oficiales locales de emergencia usen este servicio)

2. State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (S.T.E.A.R.) for Evacuation Transportation Assistance

Registro de Asistencia de transporte para Evacuación S.T.E.A.R.)

NOTE: to help responders plan for evacuations; not a substitute for family disaster plan
(NOTE: es para ayudar a los planificadores de evacuación; no es substituto para un plan de desastre para familia)

Aside from registering online, the S.T.E.A.R. form can be emailed or faxed:

  1. Form:
  2. Email: 
  3. Fax: 866-557-1074

(Además de registrarse en línea, el formulario S. T. E. A. R. puede ser enviado por correo electrónico o por fax):

(Sitios Web)

1.  Be Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed 

2.  Be Ready: Be Informed about Natural Disasters

3.  Flood Smart: Determine Your Flood Risk

4.  Road Conditions: Courtesy of TxDOT

5.  National Hurricane Preparedness Week 

6.  National Preparedness Month

7. Ready or Not?
Banner Ready or Not In An Emergency English

8.  FEMA Ready Kids Page

9.  Owlie Skywarn's Weather-Ready Kids Page



1.  Listo: Informase. Haga un Plan. Prepare Un Equipo

2.  ¿Estás Listo?

Banner Ready or Not In An Emergency English

VII.  Post-Disaster Assistance Support:
(Apoyo de Asistencia Despues de un Desastre)

 FEMA logo  arc
American Red Cross

FEMA Disaster Assistance

(Asistencia Por Desastre)


(online registration)

(inscripción en línea)


Business (Local Government) Disaster Preparedness:
(Preparación Personal Ante-Desastre Para Negocios y Gobiernos Locales)


Every Business Should Have a Plan

Business Emergency Supplies 
Severe Weather Awareness Guide

IRS Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Business


IRS Disaster Assistance 


Todo Negocio Debe Tener Un Plan

III.  WORKSHEETS (courtesy of FEMA):


“Risk Assessment Table” (to understand potential emergency scenarios)

"Business Impact Analysis” (to predict the consequences of disruption of a business function and process)



“Business Continuity Plan”
(to overcome the disruption of business)


"Business Continuity Resource Requirements"
(needs assessment to restore business operations following a disaster)

“Emergency Response Plan”
(to protect life, property, and environment)


"Emergency Response Resource Requirements"
(needs assessemnt to respond to emergencies & prepare for forecast events

“Crisis Communication Plan”
(to keep up-to-date your employees, gov’t officials, clients, and suppliers)


"Business Computer Inventory"
(to document computers and their specifications used in daily business operations)

“Visual Inventory Binder” (to document condition of all furniture and equipment prior to a disaster) by:

   a. photographing furniture and equipment
   b. creating a binder with all photographs

Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification Service for Mobile Phones
(Servicio de Notificación de emergencias para teléfonos móviles)

or call 855-879-1911 

NOTE: in the event local emergency officials use this service)  

(Note: en caso que los oficiales locales de emergencia usen este servicio)

(Sitios Web)

Be Ready: Preparedness Planning for Your Business 

Be Ready: Be Informed (Natural Disasters)

Flood Smart: One-Step Flood Risk Profile for Business

Road Conditions (Courtesy of TxDOT)

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

National Preparedness Month
NPM Logo low



Banner Ready or Not In An Emergency English ENGLISH


Banner Ready or Not In An Emergency English ESPAÑOL



"Eradicating Mold and Mildew"
(Source: FEMA)


"Qué Hacer Con el Moho"
(Fuente: FEMA)

"Mold and Mildew: Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Home"
(Source: FEMA--Federal Emergency Management Agency)

"Dealing with Mold & Mildew in Your Flood-Damaged Home"
(Source: FEMA)

"Repairing Your Flooded Home"

(Source: ARC--American Red Cross)

"Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood"
(Source: ARC)

"Get Rid of Mold"

(Source: CDC--Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"
(Source: EPA--Environmental Protecion Agency)

"What You Need to Know About Mold"
(Source: TxDSHS--Texas Department of State Health Services

"Consumer Mold information Sheet:Regulation of Mold Assessment and Remediation in Texas"

"Como Tratar El Moho en Viviendas Debido a Daños por Inundación"
(Fuente: FEMA)

"Como Reparar Su Hogar Inundado"
(Fuente: ARC)

Regreso al Hogar después de un Huracán o una Inundación"
(Fuente: ARC)

"Elimine el Moho"
(Fuente: CDC)


"Una Breve Guía Para el Moho, la Humedad y Su Hogar"

(Fuente: EPA)

"Lo Que Debe Saber Sobre el Moho"
(Fuente: TxDSHS)

Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

Free NIMS/ICS Training:



1.  NIMS/ICS Training Guideline

Guideline includes brief history, training rationale, course explanation and links to online- setting training for IS-700, IS-800, IS-100 & IS-200.

2.  TRAINING SUGGESTIONS BASED ON DISCIPLINE/JOB (may vary depending on department head’s assessment):

Responder Level Personnel (all disciplines): Required IS-700; Recommended IS-100
First Line Supervisor: IS-700, IS-100 & IS-200
Mid Managers: IS-700, ICS-100, ICS-200 & ICS-300
ICS Command/ ICS General Staff/Elected Officials: IS-700, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400 & IS-800


IS-700.B (online course available: click here)
IS-100.C (online course available: click here)
IS-200.C (online course available: click here)
IS-800.C (online course available; click here)
ICS-300 & ICS-400 (available only thru classroom-setting; CLICK here to search for availability and locations or Contact County Emergency Management)

Fire Marshal Service:

Winter Home Fire Safety Tips:
(Sugerencias de Seguridad Contra Incendios Invernales Domésticos)


"Heating Safety"

"Heating Your Home Safely"

"Home Heating Fire Prevention Tips"
"Put A Freeze on Winter Fires"
"Put A Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires"

"Be Smart with Electricity Throughout Your Home"

"Winter Residential Building Fires" (Statistics)

"Calefacción Segura"
"Cómo Calentar su Hogar de Forma Segura"
"Consejos Para la Prevención de Incendios de Calefacción Doméstica"
"Congelemos los Incendios de Invierno"
"Congelemos los Incendios de las Vacaciones de Invierno"

"Evitando Incendios Relacionados con la Electricidad en Todo tu Hogar"
"Incendios Domésticos Invernales" (Estadísticas)


 Additional Home Fire Safety Tips:
(Sugerencias Adicionales de Seguridad Contra Incendios en Inglés)



National Fire Prevention Week


(Click the image above to learn more about fire prevention)

CHECKLIST: How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan
CHECKLIST: Checking A Home Fire Escape Plan

FLYER: Home Fire Escape Plan
(VOLANTE: Plan de Escape de Incendio de su Hogar)

FLYER Home Fire Escape Drill
(VOLANTE Recorrido de Escape de Incendio de su Hogar)

FLYER: Candle Safety

FLYER: Cooking Safety

FLYER:Heating Safety

FLYER: Smoke Alarm Safety to reserve your ride to safety in advance.

Report illegal burns to 956.554-6700 (Sheriff’s Office)

Flu Information:

Seasonal Flu Updates

– Flu Prevention: Everyday Actions You Can Take

Flu Guidance – Health Care Professionals, Families,Schools, Laboratories






Meeting Presentation Downloads