Summary of Hurricane
Hurricane evacuation plans have been developed under the executive order of Texas Governor Perry. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management assisted in the development. The complete plan can be found at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/documents/planState/annexe.pdf
Evacuation decisions must be made well in advance of a hurricane’s landfall despite the low probability of storm impact at the time of decision. Three of 4 evacuation orders, as a result, will be unnecessary. Evacuation decisions are best made by the well-informed decision maker.
Three types of evacuation:
Rules for evacuation
Who should evacuate?
Contraflow plans have been
developed for I-45, I-10, I-37, US 59 and US 290 only. Contraflow will begin
only when necessary and will be phased in 1 or 2 highways at a time. Contraflow
establishment is dangerous and must be established from the destination point.
It improves flow but not speed (speed is expected to be about 30 mph on
contraflow routes). Detail maps can be found at
contraflow will begin east of Brookshire and continue to Loop 1604 in San
Supported evacuation routes in Texas are I-45, I-10, US 290, I-37, US 281, and US 59. The SW and NE quarters (approximately) of the Sam Houston Tollway will be used as feeder roads to the primary evacuation routes from the surge zones. Toll booths will be open for free flow.
Comfort stations and gasoline will be available on the main evacuation routes listed above except for US 290. Food, water, porta potties, and medical assistance will be available at predetermined exits. Fuel will be available at designated stations along major evacuation routes about every 50 miles.
State shelters will be in all major metro areas of the state. They will be available for people who have no other place to go. State shelters and state evacuation vehicles will take pets. The current motto is “No pet left behind” but pets should be in cages or at least on a leash. Anyone without transportation can register for state evacuation transportation to state shelters by calling 2-1-1. The state will institute formal tracking for all persons and pets on state vehicles.
The state Mass Care Plan can be found at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/documents/planState/annexc.pdf
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