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During a disaster or emergency, visit this page to get up-to-date official information from the City of Austin and Travis County about the hazard impacting our community and immediate actions you should take to keep you and your loved ones safe. Consider bookmarking the link to this page so you can quickly find it during a crisis. You can also follow Austin HSEM on social media: 

Twitter - @AustinHSEM

Facebook - @AustinHSEM


Prepare now for emergencies 

The best way to protect yourself during a major emergency is to have a safety plan, supplies, and access to critical information long before it happens. Visit to sign up for emergency alerts, and learn what you can do today to help yourself survive and recover more quickly from disasters in the future.

State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry

Sign up for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). Register for STEAR if you, a family member or friend have a medical condition, mobility needs, or communication needs that require additional assistance during an emergency event. 

Download Ready Central Texas App

The City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Travis County Office of Emergency Management have partnered to deploy an emergency preparedness mobile app.

The Ready Central Texas app provides:

  • News updates and warnings
  • Preparedness resources
  • Emergency plan checklists to help make sure you have what you need

The app is available on Android and iOS devices and is free to download and use.


Hazardous conditions could impact people, property, and pets. If you haven’t already, take precautions now. Stay weather aware, monitor local news. 

National Weather Service Forecast.

Potential Elevated Wildfire Risk

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for our area which means a wildfire threat is possible in the Austin and Travis County area. Follow official emergency instructions, stay alert, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Here are some precautions to stay safe during this event:  

Be familiar with READY, SET, GO!

  1. READY status –  
  • Stay tuned to official sources for updates emergency instructions and follow them carefully to stay safe.    
  • Stay informed by monitoring local news and official sources for weather updates.  
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items like water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, and important documents.  
  • Create a defensible space around your home by removing any flammable materials within 30 feet of your home.  
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may be vulnerable or without transportation.  
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately and follow official evacuation routes.  


  1. SET Status – Potential threat to life and/or property.  Those who require additional time to evacuate or with pets and livestock should leave now. 
  1. GO! Status – Evacuation order issued by emergency services.  An evacuation order means there’s an immediate threat to your life and you need to leave right now! It’s critical to follow all directions from emergency services to ensure you and your family evacuate safely. 


  1. Take all necessary precautions and stay safe during this upcoming wildfire event.  Control sources of ignition: 
  1. Don’t throw cigarette butts out the window 
  1. Don’t drag chains behind trucks or trailers 
  1. Any activity that creates a spark can start a wildfire! 

For more information: 

Cooling Centers 

Due to extreme heat, Library and Parks & Recreation facilities serve as Cooling Centers during normal operating hours. Service animals are permitted in City facilities. Check hours of operation before arriving.


Cooling Centers Map 

Click here to view a full-sized map of the City of Austin Cooling Centers.

Map Legend

Purple circular icon with white star  = Parks Cooling Center facilities with normal operating hours

purple circle with white icon of person reading a book   = Library Cooling Center facilities with normal operating hours

yellow circular icon with white star  = Parks Cooling Center facilities with extended operating hours

yellow circle with white icon of person reading a book  = Library Cooling Center facilities with extended operating hours

Black circle icon with white X inside = Site temporarily closed or unavailable as Cooling Center

County Facilities:

Travis County Community Centers will serve as Cooling Centers during normal operating hours. Check hours and operations before arriving. 

County Cooling Center Locations

For information on recognizing signs of heat related illness, and for heat safety tips, visit

Misting Canopies Pilot

As a pilot project, The City of Austin is temporarily providing Misting Canopies and bottled water at Republic Square Park. These stations are available only at this location from 12 - 6 p.m. when there is an Excessive Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service.


Updated 9:32 a.m. 8/28/2023