The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is to provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, nine national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide. Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings. The National Weather Service is a featured presenter at the Houston/Galveston Extreme Weather Ready Expo.
CenterPoint Energy is composed of an electric transmission and distribution utility serving the Houston metropolitan area, local natural gas distribution businesses in six states, interstate pipeline operations and more. The company serves more than five million metered customers and has a long history of both service and industry expertise. CenterPoint Energy's vision is to be recognized as America's leading energy delivery company. Its long tradition of dedication and hard work adds up to a company of people who are always there for its customers, the communities that we serve, employees and their families, and shareholders.
The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security is to assist the City in its preparedness activities to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters or major emergencies; and to ensure that citizen calls for police, fire and medical emergencies are received, processed, and dispatched as quickly and accurately as possible. The Office of Emergency Management assists the City of Houston departments and residents in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other emergencies. In its preparedness role, it develops plans for dealing with the effects of natural and man-made disasters.