Harris County is one of the most dynamic counties in the country -- a region of an estimated 4.6 million people that has grown twice as fast as the rest of the country in the last two decades.


The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has shown the world the very real impact more frequent and severe disasters will have on our communities. It was a vivid reminder that flooding is the most common and costly disaster we face in America, and the urgent need to change the way we build infrastructure and strengthen communities at the local level. Simply put, it is not good enough to just build back after a catastrophe like Harvey, we must do so in a way that is faster, fairer, and smarter. 


We are taking this challenge head-on. Relying on science, technology, and data as our guide, we’re investing billions into flood control and speeding construction of projects that will protect communities sooner. To ensure a more inclusive recovery, we’re making sure traditionally underserved communities are never forgotten when it comes to protecting them. And we’re being transparent about what we do, making decisions in the open and asking individual residents themselves to join us in taking action by giving them the tools they need to participate and be prepared at the household level at ReadyHarris.org. 


As tragic as Harvey was, it presents a historic opportunity to demonstrate what can happen when we’re smarter and more proactive about how we prepare and recover. Together, we can demonstrate to the nation and the world that Harris County can not only survive after Harvey, but thrive as a stronger, more resilient community ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.