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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Thu May 18, 2017 1:26 pm

Hello Everyone
Sorry for being absent for a while - but, life got in the way
We have been fortunate so far with our weather (knock wood).
But, now its time to turn an eye to the GOM and begin to think about Hurricane Preparedness 2017.

I know many have said to me "Gee, the big guns say its gonna be a quiet year - below average, and we haven't been
hit since 2008. And isn't it safe under an El Nino?"

Yes, I know. Its hard to rally the troops from doldrums and ennui and parroting whatever someone says.

But, let me remind you: It only takes one. AND that ONE can do mighty harm.
Like Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992. No other hurricane needed to appear that year with that wipeout
-OR-
the 1900 which came under a neutral El Nino.
Get my drift?

FOR THOSE WITH Accessibility and Functional Needs NOW is the time to do SOMETHING

1)If you don't have family/support group to get you out of an evacuation zone OR
YOU DEPEND ON ELECTRICITY TO SURVIVE - REGISTER with 211 (STEARS) or your local OEM and tell them
YOU need a way out.
You must register EVERY YEAR


2) YOU know your disability and needs better than anyone else. Including our wonderful mets.
Its YOUR responsibility to make a plan.

3) Find someone to help you plan. Find the time to have this talk with your family/support group.
24 hours before a storm hits is the wrong time. And this is where we can get into trouble.

The life you save will be your own.


FUN PLUG:
Our Big Hurricane Blow Out at George R Brown this year will be on Saturday, June 3rd from 10-2p.m.
Hall A "Extreme Weather Expo"
This is a FREE EVENT with HOT DOGS! Learn to plan for ALL WEATHER EVENTS.

Stop by my booth in the DEMO area and I'll help you help yourself!Lots of METS with be there and other guest stars....I hope to see YOU on Saturday June 3rd!
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Fri May 19, 2017 2:21 pm

Saturday, May 20th GALVESTON will hold their Hurricane Fair 10 a.m.
Will I see you there?



Galveston Hurricane Preparedness Fair
McGuire Dent Recreation Center
2222 28th Street
Galveston, TX 77551
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texaspirate11 » Sat May 20, 2017 4:19 pm

Today's Galveston Fair was really wonderful.
Kudos to our NWS and other partners who came together to make sure this vulnerable island was prepared.

I met SO MANY newcomers to the island who have NEVER experienced a hurricane and most came from the North. Most were retired/elderly who had no family or real support group on the island....

It is imperative if you are a newcomer to:

Familiarize yourself with weather terms
Understand what SURGE is
Make a plan on how you will evacuate and where you will go
Do NOT evacuate from one coastal city to another.
If you cant drive, register with the Galveston One Call Ride
Understand that you need to make copies of all your important papers and send them to someone outside the area
as you take the originals.
Take CASH as the ATM may be down for a while
Make sure your car is full throughout the summer
Get your medical supplies together and properly labeled for each person
Make sure you notify a person outside the area where you be staying.
If you evacuate with a pet, make sure you have Fido's supplies and up to date shot records

It was worrisome that most had no idea what to do or even knew what surge was.
BUT, I was grateful they showed up - and now are better prepared!
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