City of El Lago

411 Tallowood Drive
El Lago, TX 77586

Phone: 281-326-1951

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is a Harris County Citizen Corps sponsored series of classes designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of anticipated and potentially hazardous disruptions following a disaster.

Many other El Lago residents have taken this training course and found it to be very beneficial. The basic training provided can potentially save lives as well as protect property.

The free program runs for 8 week 3 hours per session and covers Disaster Preparedness, Medical OperationsDisaster Psychology, Fire Safety and Utility Controls, Light Search and Rescue Operations, Terrorism response and CERT organization.  You will also receive a back pack filled with emergency gear 

The director/coordinator of the El Lago C.E.R.T. team is Art Richard – 281-326-3348 – and communications coordinator Gary Evans – 832-236-5625.

Emergency Numbers

  • CenterPoint Energy: 888-836-6709
  • CenterPoint Outage Tracker
  • Emergency Police, Fire Department, and Ambulance: 911
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief: 800-621-3362
  • Houston Chapter of American Red Cross: 713-526-8300
  • Reliant Energy: 713-207-2222

Weather Terms to Know

  • Hurricane Advisory: A early warning system will prepare you for a hurricane strike well in advance of hurricane watches and warnings.
  • Hurricane Warning: If the danger materializes, a hurricane warning will be issued. This means that the storm has a great likelihood of directly affecting your area in 24 hours or less. Heed calls to evacuate if necessary. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
  • Hurricane Watch: An announcement of specific coastal areas that a hurricane or an incipient hurricane condition poses a possible threat, generally within 36 hours. Plan your time now.
  •  Storm Surge: A large dome of water up to 100 miles wide that sweeps across the coastline near where a hurricane makes landfall.
  • Storm Tide: The actual level of sea water resulting from the astronomic tide combined with the storm surge.
  • Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclonic (counter-clockwise) circulation with sustained surface wind speed up to 38 miles per hour (mph).
  • Tropical Disturbance: A disturbed area of thunderstorms, tropical in origin, which is evident for 24 hours or more.
  • Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclonic circulation with sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
  • Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that a tropical storm poses or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to coastal areas generally within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch should normally not be issued if the system is forecasted to attain hurricane strength.