Safe Rider Program

Who is this program for?

This program is for low-income families who travel on Texas highways.

What are the requirements for families?

Self-certification of financial need.
Have a vehicle and a working safety belt
(lap and shoulder belt required for booster seats).
Attend a one-hour class in order to learn how to use the
safety seat correctly.
One seat per family.
Unlimited education assistance, …

Safety after Harvey

After the recent tragedies of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many are left living without lights as they attempt to salvage what is left of their homes and possessions. It is very important that during these times we remain vigilant in the pursuit of safety. Generators, mold, and other hazards should be handled with care and …

Texas Announces Food Benefits for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Texas today announced it is providing a surge of food benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in the 58 counties included in the State Disaster Declaration following Hurricane Harvey.
SNAP recipients in the affected counties will see their September benefits automatically loaded today, Sept. 1, onto their Lone Star Cards. Normally benefits are staggered among …

DSHS provides flood precautions as Harvey affects Texas

As the wind from Hurricane Harvey weakens, forecasters say catastrophic flooding due to continued rain along much of coastal Texas remains likely. The Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing flood-related health information to minimize injury and illness due to the storm.
First and foremost, pay attention to local media for the latest from local …

National Heatstroke Prevention Day July 31st

By Acting Fast, You Can Save a Young Life.

Sample Social Media Posts
No child should die of #heatstroke from being left alone in a hot car! Share this badge if you want to help stop this 100-percent-preventable tragedy. #heatstrokekills #checkforbaby
Act fast. Save a life. If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 …

Health officials find probable local Zika infection

The Texas Department of State Health Services and Hidalgo County Health and Human Services have determined a Hidalgo County resident who previously had a Zika infection was most likely infected in Texas. Because the individual has not recently traveled outside the area or had any other risk factors, the infection was probably transmitted by a …