Houston City Council to Address Emergency Measures Following May 16 Derecho

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/21/2024, 9 a.m.
In response to the severe windstorm, known as a derecho, that swept through Houston on May 16, Mayor John Whitmire …
Houston Mayor John Whitmire

In response to the severe windstorm, known as a derecho, that swept through Houston on May 16, Mayor John Whitmire has placed an emergency item on this week's City Council agenda to extend the local state of disaster. This decisive action underscores the city's commitment to ensuring swift recovery and safety for all residents affected by the storm.

View the agenda.

Emergency Council Agenda Item

The Houston City Council will address the extension of the local state of disaster during their upcoming meeting, reflecting the urgency and importance of continued disaster response efforts. This agenda item will be crucial in mobilizing additional resources and support for the ongoing recovery initiatives across the city.

Section 551.047 of the Texas Open Meetings Act mandates that:

- The presiding officer or a member of the governmental body must notify the news media of the emergency meeting or agenda item.

- Only those news media members who have previously filed a request and agreed to cover notification costs are entitled to this special notice.

- Notification must be provided via telephone, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail at least one hour before the meeting convenes.

Importance of the Emergency Declaration

The extension of the local state of disaster is a critical step in:

- Ensuring that additional state and federal resources are available for disaster relief.

- Facilitating the deployment of emergency services and recovery teams to the hardest-hit areas.

- Providing necessary support to residents and businesses in need of assistance.

How to Stay Informed

Residents are encouraged to stay updated on the developments of the City Council meeting and subsequent emergency measures by visiting the City of Houston's official website and following their social media channels. Access to the full agenda item is available in a [PDF document](#) for those interested in detailed information.


Mayor John Whitmire's proactive approach in extending the local state of disaster is a testament to the city's dedication to its residents' safety and recovery. As Houston continues to navigate the aftermath of the May 16 derecho, the city's leadership remains focused on providing comprehensive support and resources to all affected communities. Stay tuned for further updates and ensure you are informed about the ongoing recovery efforts.

For more info, visit houstontx.gov