Hurricane Prep: Better Safe Than Sorry

We’re three days from landfall of Ike, with the very real potential that it could come toward Houston.

My readers on the Gulf Coast should be taking precautions. See the Harris County Emergency Management webpage, and the American Red Cross, for suggestions.

Brazoria County, due south of us, has issued a mandatory evacuation for the coast (Freeport, Surfside, etc.) and a voluntary evacuation for the rest of the county, effective at 10:00 a.m. this morning.

We’re not in danger of the storm surge on our side of Houston (southeast side is, however), but are susceptible to flooding, wind, and power outages.

I just got back from a trip to Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, and Home Depot with canned food, new camping lantern, weather radio (I have kept putting that off), full tank of gas, etc. There are no lines now–better do it now and be safe rather than wait a day or two and be stuck in long lines (remember Rita!).

Should you evacuate? Only if you live in one of the evacuation zones, and even then, only if your local government tells you to.

11 thoughts on “Hurricane Prep: Better Safe Than Sorry

  1. Everyone needs a weather radio that picks up SAME encoding. You put in a code for your county, and if a warning for your county is issued, the radio blasts a siren. This spring we were woken up at night several times by tornado warnings–if our house had been in the path of a tornado, it could have been the difference between life or death.

  2. CNN just said (Wed. evening) that Ike may shoot through the uprights between Houston and Corpus.

    Eons ago, I pastored Galveston and learned a bit about incoming storms.

    Prayers, Bill….and get thee outta there if need be!

  3. The latest National Hurricane Center track has it much closer to us. And that means the stores are getting filled with crazy shoppers.

    I’m 60 miles inland, and I learned in Rita that there’s no sense evacuating if you’re not in the zone–you just make it harder for those who need to get out to do so.

    Galveston has had some distinguished pastors — you and George Knight among them!

  4. Yes, we do get a hurricane up here every now and then, but they are few and far between and we usually have plenty of warning before they reach us. I can remember Gloria in ’85.

  5. I guess I got the wrong weather radio also – have been woken up several times at 2 or 3 a.m. when there was nothing going on in Manatee or even Sarasota county.

    Stay safe Bill!

  6. Yes, Bill, it looks as if Ike is veering much closer to you. If you feel crosshairs or a little red laser light on you, get out of Dodge!

    Galveston, by the way, was also the home church of Marvin Ponder, whose dad was the head elder when I was there.

  7. Listen, at least you Houston folk get a warning on your acts of God. Even a tornado warning lets you run to a safer place. With an earthquake, a second or two of hearing what sounds like an approaching train might be the most warning to get out of the way of falling objects. Some major jolts come without even that kind of two-second warning.

  8. That’s what I’m trying to tell my daughter. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 gave us the biggest jolt. I was stepping into the shower and my wife was stepping out when it started–and it was a long, rolling quake. Our first thought was, “I hope the walls don’t fall down now!”

    That was the quake when Kent Shocknek became known as “aftershocknek” when he crawled under the desk.

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