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Emergency Response

Responding to natural disasters, spills, and other environmental emergencies or situations.

Note: No license from or registration with us is required of companies or individuals that offer services or products related to spill cleanups or emergency response.

Spills, Discharges, and Releases

See how to report an environmental emergency, discharge, spill, or release to the air. Find links to rules, laws, technical assistance, and options for managing the related wastes.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

When a cyclone strikes, we prepare guidance on environmental issues in the affected areas. Use this guidance to ensure safe drinking water and to comply with environmental regulations if your county is affected.


Tornados produce a great deal of debris in a densely focused area. Find information about managing debris from the aftermath.


Droughts call for well-considered decisions about using water. Find information about public water system status, priority calls on water rights, and more.


Find information from the TCEQ and other agencies about disposing of debris from a wildfire while protecting your health and the environment.


Steps and resources for ensuring safe drinking water and managing debris in the aftermath of a flood.

Emergency Response: Technical Assistance

Our Emergency Response Team offers monitoring, oversight, and technical and regulatory help.


Homeland Security and the TCEQ
Learn about our role in responding to domestic terrorism.

State Emergency Response Commission
Required under federal law, in Texas the SERC is synonymous with the Emergency Management Council of Texas. The EMTC reports accidental releases to us.

Smoke, Dust and Soot
Find links and information regarding smoke, dust and soot in Texas.

Procedures for Power Emergencies Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
(revised 8/13/15)
Procedures for ERCOT or other electric reliability entities to request TCEQ enforcement discretion for a power emergency.