Local Officials Keep an Eye On Gustav

As Gustav moves toward the Gulf of Mexico local officials from Texas to Florida have to begin preparations for the landfall of a potentially significant hurricane next week. Rod Rice reports on preparation in Harris County.
Landfall is still about five days away and computer models vary on Gustav's path from Mississippi to south Texas.

Mark Sloan is Harris County's chief of the Office of Emergency Management. He says when a gulf storm is possible the county starts reviewing its hurricane checklist and talking with other county agencies to make sure everyone is on the same page. Especially this coming weekend.

image of speaker, click here for audio"With the holiday, we want our departments and our partners to make sure their personnel are on call or available as we may be dealing with this as early as Monday."

OEM also checks with Harris County communities to find out what they may need as they prepare for a possible hit.

Sloan says Harris County has also been talking to state officials about Gustav.

image of speaker, click here for audio"We've been in conference calls the last few days and we will be talking regularly with our regional liaison officer.  I probably talk to her three to four times a day."

As each day passes more information about Gustav is fed into computers and the storm's track can be narrowed down. But even a few hours from landfall Gustav's direction could change, so that all along the gulf coast officials are preparing for a possible landfall.

image of 5 day tracking of Hurricane Gustav

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Rod Rice

Local Anchor, Morning Edition

Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...