Houston Community Advisory Panel (HCAP)


History: A needs assessment was conducted as part of an agreement between industry and community activists organized by state senator Carol Alvarado in the early 1990s.

This led to the formation of H-CAP in 1995; a Steering Committee of industry and community leaders drafted its mission and ground rules and formed the CAP.

Number of plants: 6

Number of community members: Approximately 35 (adding 7 new members in the fall)

Facilitator: Mary Jane Naquin

Liaisons: Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Contact information: m.j.naquin@informedfutures.com 

Meetings: Monthly – 2nd Tuesdays, except in July, August; 5:45–8:30 pm, usually at Brady’s Landing

H-CAP is a voluntary organization created as an ongoing open forum between the community and industry to exchange information and address concerns including, but not limited to, the community’s safety, health and environment and to facilitate improvements.


  • To provide a regular communications channel between industry and its surrounding neighborhoods that provides information on plant activities that affect residents.
  • To learn about plants’ health, safety and environmental practices and how industry can support its neighbors, local schools and organizations in the community.
  • To provide a network and connections to CAP members’ families, friends and neighbors who live or work nearby.

Most common issues of interest:

  • Monthly plant updates with time for extended Q&A
  • Community information exchanges
  • Workforce, jobs and career paths for area students/educational requirements
  • Emergency communications and notification
  • Storm surge and effects on channel industries and communities
  • Regional air quality
  • Emergency preparedness
  • City of Houston
  • CIMA
  • Area schools’ educational programs
  • Plant overviews and tours, including Houston Emergency Operations Center, San Jacinto College training classrooms, TranStar, U.S. Coast Guard Houston Sector