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Galveston County
United States Army Corps of Engineers
News Release
Friday, April 29, 2011

USACE Galveston awards small business contract for transportation analysis


GALVESTON, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a small business contract to Sol Engineering Service LLC, an 8(a) small business, in the amount of $143,531.60 for a transportation analysis of the Lake Sabine Study Area, Texas Hurricane Evacuation Study Program.

The contract allows the Corps to conduct a hurricane evacuation transportation analysis in the counties of Newton, Jasper, Orange, Hardin, Jefferson, Chambers and Liberty, Texas.

“We want to determine how many people and vehicles will be involved in evacuations, where they will go, which roads they will take and how long it will take for people to evacuate safely beyond the risk area for different hurricane evacuation scenarios,” said Seth Jones, hurricane program manager with USACE Galveston.

According to Jones, the purpose of the Texas Hurricane Evacuation Study Program is to develop tools and information that will assist state and county emergency management officials decide which areas should evacuate during a hurricane threat and when the evacuation order should be given to ensure all evacuees have enough time to get to safety.

“HES Study funds are primarily provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with additional funds and manpower provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Texas,” said Jones. “Local community officials and agencies also provide valuable data and coordination throughout the study at their own expense.”

Federal laws authorize the allocation of resources for planning activities related to hurricane preparedness. The Corps participation in this study is authorized under Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960 (Public Law 86-645), while FEMA’s participation is authorized by the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-288).


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