Previous regional hurricane evacuations brought into focus the difficulties faced by those with access and functional needs in the Houston–Galveston area. To address those problems, the H–GAC partnered with Houston TranStar to develop a better method of communicating with individuals with access and functional needs and their caregivers before and during a hurricane evacuation.
Together Against the Weather (TAW) is the culmination of work with access and functional needs individuals, subject matter experts, regional emergency management personnel, and others. The purpose of TAW is to provide awareness and education on how to prepare for a hurricane whether evacuating or sheltering-in-place. The program includes information for persons with access and functional needs and their caregivers, as well as public service materials for emergency management personnel, social service organizations and the media.