Galvestonians: Hurricane Season Has Arrived, Are You Prepared?
Stay Prepared, Alert, and Ready Throughout Storm Season
Galveston, Texas – Today marks the official start of hurricane season and Galveston leaders are urging islanders to get prepared before any tropical weather develops or enters the Gulf of Mexico. City officials have spent the last several months preparing and reviewing municipal emergency plans and now they are strongly encouraging residents and businesses to finalize their own plans so they are prepared for storm season.
Free Hurricane Evacuation Assistance:
Islanders with transportation needs or special medical needs should register into the City’s evacuation assistance program. There are no eligibility requirements and the program is free to the public. To sign up for evacuation assistance, please call: (409) 621-3179, Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Voicemail is available after hours.
Emergency Notification System:
The City uses an emergency notification system, One Call Reaches All, to quickly provide essential information to the public in a variety of situations. Alerts may be sent to communicate news about unexpected road closures or the need to evacuate buildings or neighborhoods due to situations like hurricanes, severe weather, and abnormally high tides. The system proved to be an invaluable communication asset before and after Hurricane Ike.
Sign Up To Receive Emergency Messages:
To add your cell phone number or email address, please visit the City’s website, http://www.cityofgalveston.org/administration/emergency/emergency_notification_sys.cfm. If you do not have access to the internet, but would like to register your contact information, please contact the Office of Public Information by calling: (409) 797-3546. Your information will be kept confidential and secure.
Hurricane Planning and Preparedness Tools:
Each year the City of Galveston publishes a comprehensive guide to planning and preparing for hurricane season. A printed version of the guide is available as well as an online edition:
http://www.cityofgalveston.org/public_safety/hurricane_overview.cfm. The guide includes step-by-step emergency planning, evacuation routes, and reentry information.