STORM SURGE is usually where 50% or more of the deaths come from during a tropical storm/hurricane.
With this in mind even though you may not be in a flood zone if rising water from a hurricane damages your home that would be considered flood waters and only be covered by flood insurance... so please access your risk. This is very important when reviewing previous storm history along the Texas coast... Claudette dropped 43 inches of rain.
STAYING IN THE KNOW- The following are just a few ways to stay up to date on the weather and tropical events:
MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV (for Cell Phones)
daily YouTube briefing
CC National weather station 361-289-0959
twitter - Major focus on getting updates out to people
NEW GRAFTS THAT WILL BE TESTED THIS YEAR:
Potential Storm Surge & Flooding and also testing Storm Surge Watch & Warning.
New this year is rather than saying to keep a 3 day supply of water and food they are now encouraging to plan on 7 days worth of supplies. At least one gallon of water per person per day.
Bill Read who is the former Hurricane Center Director take way was the single most important thing to protect your property is to have boards on all the windows. Make sure your property is secured with 5/8th plywood.
Also make sure you have all of your phone numbers on a piece of paper on the off chance your cell phone gets destroyed somehow or no battery backup.
Take personal responsibility for your well being.
Texas which has 367 miles of coastline is the 2nd most popular state with a growth of 1,811,397 in 4 years.
Texas is also the number 1 state to claim more major disaster declarations.
Concerns that Drive Evacuations:
Storm Surge and Inundation.
Areas of evacuation are to get people out of harms way.
Information from Nim Kidd who serves as the Chief of the TDEM) and the new Meteorologist in Charge Tom Johnstone and John Metz in the Corpus Christi office shared important information about ways to stay up with the latest technology to stay informed.. All sites suggested are listed up above.
The wrap-up of the conference were table top exercises in Evacuation, Sheltering & Resource Management, which was so well put together and has made me very proud to live in Aransas County. Our Team was very pro-active and got down to business even before the official exercise started.
There were so many wonderful break out sessions and speakers and I feel so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful conference. Kudo's to Danielle Hale for pulling this all together and there are to many names to list and say thank you to.