July 31, 2020

According to the National Weather Service, the 2020 hurricane season is now under way. It officially started June 1 and ends Nov. 30 with the peak threat for the Texas existing from August through September. It is important to assess how ready you are for a natural disaster, both at your child care operation and home.

As this peak period approaches, please review your emergency preparedness plans.  If your location is facing an inclement weather event, be sure to:

  • Stay alert to weather reports in your area and heed warnings and evacuations from local officials
  • Be aware of potential power outages
  • Have plenty of water and food supply available
  • Make plans to secure your records
  • Implement your emergency preparedness plans, if necessary

In the event of evacuation, relocation, or any incident that renders your operation or any foster homes unsafe, please notify your inspector or contact the Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800-252-5400. 

Please use the links below for updated resources to assist with your emergency preparedness and disaster planning needs.

After a Declared Disaster:
In the event of a declared disaster, you may receive an email from Texas Health and Human Services Commission <txhhs@public.govdelivery.com> asking you to complete an online survey.

You must complete any survey that captures information about a declared disaster, as it provides Child Care Regulation, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Federal Office of Child Care with critical updates on the status of your operation and requests information on how the disaster has impacted your ability to provide care for children.