Our communities were left in complete devastation after Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. As we realized the scope and scale of Harvey’s impact, it became clear that we needed a systematic way to identify and measure the long-term health and housing impacts of the storm. Out of this need, the Texas Flood Registry (previously the Hurricane Harvey Registry) was launched in 2018. The Texas Flood Registry seeks to help communities recover through public health solutions.
Following Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019, our team officially expanded the focus of the Registry to track multiple major storms. As the frequency and strength of these events increases, we continue to focus on recording how major storms affect health in our communities in order to better prepare the region for future weather disasters.
Over 20,000 community members across Texas have joined the Registry by completing surveys on how major storms like Harvey and Imelda impacted their health, homes, and other parts of their lives. By continuing to share their experiences, Texans help fill significant gaps in our understanding of major storms.