Area Leaders Get Ready for Busy Storm Season

Hurricane season is officially here. This year meteorologists are predicting an extremely active season with more severe weather than we usually see. Both city and county leaders are asking the public to get ready. Bill Stamps reports.
"We operate under the assumption that a hurricane is going to hit. We have to do that. We urge families to do the same thing. We live in a hurricane prone zone, we all hope and pray we don't get hit, but if you operate under the assumption that a hurricane is going to come our way."

That's Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Two years ago he helped guide area residents through the worst storm to ever hit this area. During Hurricane Ike he worked along with then Mayor Bill White. Now it's Anise Parker… and Parker says she and the city are ready for whatever may come our way, but she stresses, Houston Resident need to be ready as well.

"The city will do its part. The county will do its part. The State of Texas will do its part. But each one of us that lives in the coastal region has to know what our role in that is."

Mayor Parker says in order to be ready citizens need to take action now.

"We want every resident of this area to make a kit, to have a plan, to stay informed, and to keep any eye on your neighbors. Not hard to do. Make a kit, know where important papers are (and) have them prepared for an evacuation should you need to evacuate."


The leaders want to remind those that need special assistance to call 211 to make sure they are on the list. Those on the list will be taken care of first. As for everyone else they say have extra gasoline on hand just in case, but they say most people will be sheltering at home during the next big storm.

211 helpline card"It's best to stay where you are. Shelter in place and then leave after the storm passes. That allows you to look at your property, secure it, make sure the damage is under control, and then you can leave and wait for the power to come back on."


They expect between 8 to 14 hurricanes this season and another 3 to 7 major storms. They've already got the names picked out: like Paula, Otto, Julia, Igor and Colin. Houstonians hope none of them will be as strong as Ike.



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