Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

The "Bernard C. Olive Jr." Emergency Operations Center

Bernard C Olive EOC

The Baytown Fire Department's Emergency Management Division works with city departments, local agencies, industry, community groups, and non-profit organizations to plan, prepare, respond, and recover to emergencies or disasters that affect the Baytown community.

The Emergency Management Division also works closely with the Greater Baytown and Chambers County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to ensure the community is prepared for a hazardous materials incident. For more information about the LEPC and how you can get prepared, visit http://www.gbcclepc.com..

Emergency Alerts

SwiftReach is the City of Baytown's phone notification system. This system allows the City to contact citizens with important information by phone, email, and/or text messages. It is important to register your cellphone number so you will continue to receive updated information when you are not at home.

Sign up for SwiftReach

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The City of Baytown has an outdoor warning system consisting of several pole-mounted sirens placed in various locations throughout the city. The sirens warn the community of a chemical emergency. If you hear an outdoor warning siren sound, please go indoors to "shelter-in-place" until notified that the emergency has ended.

The sirens are tested every week on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am.

Learn about the two different tones utilized by the Outdoor Warning Sirens:

Shelter-in-Place Emergency Tone

All-Clear Tone

Learn how to Shelter-in-Place with an educational video in English and Spanish produced by the Baytown LEPC.

Shelter In Place Video

To learn more on how to Shelter-in-Place, please read the instructions below:

Shelter-In-Place (English)

In a chemical emergency when harmful agents are in the air, evacuation may be dangerous. To prevent further exposure you may be told to find shelter indoors wherever you are. This is called Shelter-in-Place. These five steps to Shelter-in-Place are the same for home, work, or school:

  1. Go inside. Quickly move people and pets indoors.
  2. Close and lock all windows and doors.
  3. Turn off and close all venting systems. Include air conditioners, bathroom and stove fans, and fireplace dampers.
  4. Go into an interior room and seal it. Block any gaps to the outside air with tape and plastic or damp towels.
  5. Tune to your local radio or TV station for more information.

Shelter-in-Place (Spanish)

En una emergencia de quimicos cuando agentes peligrosos se encuentran en el aire, evacuacion puede ser peligroso. Para prevenir una mayor manifestacion se le pedira que encuentre fefugio dentro del lugar en donde usted se encuentra, esto se llama Refugio-en-Lugar. Estos cinco pasos de Refugio-en-Lugar se dan a seguir en el hogar, trabajo, o en la escuela. 

  1. Vaya adentro. Mueva rapido a personas y mascotas hacia dentro
  2. Cierre todas las ventanas y puertas.
  3. Apage y cierre todos los systemas de ventilacion, inclyendo aires acondicionados, banos o el abanico de la estufa o de los registros de la chimenea.
  4. Entre a un cuarto y sellelo. Cubra todas los aberturas donde puede entrar aire de afuera, y use cinta adhesiva y plastico o toallas mojadas.
  5. Escuche su estacion de TV y radio local para informacion.