Homeland Security and Emergency Management



The Round Rock Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is committed to serving the community before, during and after a major emergency or disaster through effective coordination of city departments, partnering agencies and organizations and encouraging community preparedness.

In addition to city and county resources, this web page provides links and information for resources including the Emergency Notification System Registration (ENS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other helpful sites in preparation of or recovery from disasters.




September is preparedness month, and this year, because of the severe heat and lack of rain, we wanted to focus on fire prevention around your home. There are many prevention/mitigation actions you can take to protect your home.  Even if your home is not directly in front of a green zone or forested area, there are still steps you can take to help against flying embers and other fire ignitors.

What to do during Evacuation:

Please remember, if there is a fire in your neighborhood, you may have to evacuate. Choose two places for your family to meet: One should be right outside of your home in case of a sudden emergency. The second should be outside of your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate. If you are asked to evacuate, please be sure to listen to responders directions to get your families (and pets) out safely.  

What is the Home Ignition Zone?

The concept of the home ignition zone was developed by retired USDA Forest Service fire scientist Jack Cohen in the late 1990s, following some breakthrough experimental research into how homes ignite due to the effects of radiant heat. The HIZ is divided into three zones. (click on the picture for more information and a link to your home ignition checklist). 

Additional resources: Texas Forest Service    Communication During Emergencies



Severe Weather, Tornado, and ThunderstormFlood SafetyHeat Safety
Weather PreparednessDrought and Water ConservationAfter the Storm



For more information concerning City emergency management efforts, contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Dorothy Miller, or Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, Josh Hollingsworth.



As part of our community outreach plan, we create public service announcement videos designed to inform and engage the residents of Round Rock about emergency issues that impact our community. Take a look at some of our most recent episodes below!