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Post by RickOShea » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:35 pm

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Post by flybynight » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:37 pm

The Mayor of Rockport TX Told residents this morning , that if they are not going to evacuate. Take a sharpie and write your name and S/S on your arm to aid in identifying your remains.
I see Jim Cantore is at the Texas coast, Shit's got real :shock:
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absinthe beginner wrote:"what could prove a major new test for President Donald Trump's administration.".
The disaster within the disaster..... :?

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The disaster within the disaster..... :?
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Post by RickOShea » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:44 pm

flybynight wrote:The Mayor of Rockport TX Told residents this morning , that if they are not going to evacuate. Take a sharpie and write your name and S/S on your arm to aid in identifying your remains.
Did he mention putting an axe or chainsaw in the attic? For as long as I can remember, those have been the the two biggies: A Sharpie/permanent marker and an axe/chainsaw.
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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by flybynight » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:28 pm

RickOShea wrote:
flybynight wrote:The Mayor of Rockport TX Told residents this morning , that if they are not going to evacuate. Take a sharpie and write your name and S/S on your arm to aid in identifying your remains.
Did he mention putting an axe or chainsaw in the attic? For as long as I can remember, those have been the the two biggies: A Sharpie/permanent marker and an axe/chainsaw.
" A local leader in one coastal Texas community is advising residents who are not evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey to mark their names and Social Security numbers on their arms.

The mayor pro tem of Rockport, Texas, said that grim step is necessary to prepare for the worst in case of deaths among people who remain in the area.


"We’re suggesting if people are going to stay here, mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and Social Security number," Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios said at a news conference this morning.

"We hate to talk about things like that," he said. "It's not something we like to do but it’s the reality, people don’t listen."
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Post by majorhavoc » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:31 pm

flybynight wrote: " A local leader in one coastal Texas community is advising residents who are not evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey to mark their names and Social Security numbers on their arms.

The mayor pro tem of Rockport, Texas, said that grim step is necessary to prepare for the worst in case of deaths among people who remain in the area.


"We’re suggesting if people are going to stay here, mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and Social Security number," Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios said at a news conference this morning.

"We hate to talk about things like that," he said. "It's not something we like to do but it’s the reality, people don’t listen."
OK, that's just fear mongering. I mean, I get it: if the authorities tell you to get the hell out, you should listen. But if you're the kind of person who isn't going to heed an evacuation order, you're certainly not the kind of person that's going to compliantly and thoughtfully assist in the post mortem by inking your body with identifying information.

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Post by flybynight » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:55 pm

majorhavoc wrote:
flybynight wrote: " A local leader in one coastal Texas community is advising residents who are not evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey to mark their names and Social Security numbers on their arms.

The mayor pro tem of Rockport, Texas, said that grim step is necessary to prepare for the worst in case of deaths among people who remain in the area.


"We’re suggesting if people are going to stay here, mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and Social Security number," Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios said at a news conference this morning.

"We hate to talk about things like that," he said. "It's not something we like to do but it’s the reality, people don’t listen."
OK, that's just fear mongering. I mean, I get it: if the authorities tell you to get the hell out, you should listen. But if you're the kind of person who isn't going to heed an evacuation order, you're certainly not the kind of person that's going to compliantly and thoughtfully assist in the post mortem by inking your body with identifying information.

Just sayin'.
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Fear mongering? Really? Seriously?

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correct in my mind what the definition of fear mongering is.


"Fearmongering or scaremongering is the spreading of frightening and exaggerated rumors of an impending danger or the habit or tactic of purposely and needlessly arousing public fear about an issue.[1][2][3] This can take the form of psychological manipulation that uses fear-based tactics (scare tactics) including exaggeration and usually repetition to influence the public in order to achieve a desired outcome.[citation needed] It is a tactic used to scare or put fear into those viewing a campaign/advertisement and influence the outcome based on fear."
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Post by MPMalloy » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:12 pm

majorhavoc wrote:But if you're the kind of person who isn't going to heed an evacuation order, you're certainly not the kind of person that's going to compliantly and thoughtfully assist in the post mortem by inking your body with identifying information.

Just sayin'.
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Post by Towanda » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:40 pm

And now there are reports of collapsed structures with people inside in Rockport. Rescuers can't get to them. Information from Reddit's live hurricane thread.
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Post by MPMalloy » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:45 pm

AP Radio states that the 'eye wall' is coming ashore. What is the 'eye wall'?

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Post by 91Eunozs » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:59 pm

Feels surreal here... we're literally in a bubble with almost no wind or rain up here just north of New Braunfels. Been watching the wall advance but over our area the bands seem to break up.

Must be some trick of the geography, or the way the storm came ashore, but there's literally been almost zero rain here...tons all around us in every direction, but we've been sitting in a cocoon for hours now. The clear area changes shape, but always clear overhead.

Weird.

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No, the center point isn't over my house (opsec and all), but we're in the clear area.
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Post by Towanda » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:59 pm

MPMalloy wrote:AP Radio states that the 'eye wall' is coming ashore. What is the 'eye wall'?
It's the area of the hurricane that surrounds the eye, where the storm is most destructive. Here's a video of a plane flying through one:

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Post by RickOShea » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:22 pm

Back when Ivan tore us up in '04 (a strong Cat3), I was riding it out at work, hanging out in the Linemen's lounge with about a dozen other co-workers. Around 3am a couple of us were sitting on the stoop, having a smoke. We were protected from the wind & rain by some other buildings. The wind got really loud for 2 or 3 minutes, then it dropped off dramatically. That was the eye passing overhead.
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Re: Hurricanes 2017

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From the NPR website: Hurricane Harvey Grows To Category 4 Storm As It Reaches the Texas Coast
Hurricane Harvey Grows To Category 4 Storm As It Reaches the Texas Coast August 25, 2017 10:42 AM ET By Richard Gonzales & Scott Neuman

The National Hurricane Center reports that the eye of Hurricane Harvey, now upgraded to a Category 4 storm, has moved onshore to the middle of the Texas coast.

With sustained winds of 130 mph, the storm surge, coupled with tremendous rainfall, threatens to cause significant flooding along much of the state's coastline, forecasters say.

According to the NHC website, the eye of Hurricane Harvey hit between Port Aranas and Port O'Connor, Texas. It warns the "catastrophic flooding" is expected.

Harvey is the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. in a dozen years, as it makes landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

There are reports of extensive damage in Corpus Christi. The Washington Post reports "numerous structure destroyed" and "buildings collapsed with people inside." But these reports are only preliminary and fuller damage assessments won't be made until daylight.

Earlier in the day Texas Gov Greg Abbott told residents in the areas between Corpus Christi and Houston to "strongly consider evacuating," according to member station KUT. "Put your life first and your property second."

Abbott said Hurricane Harvey was going to prove "more dangerous than many hurricanes."

Abbott declared a pre-emptive state of emergency in 30 counties encompassing the entire coast in an effort to speed up deployment of resources to the affected areas.

He appeared to avoid criticizing local officials who haven't yet issued mandatory evacuation orders. For example, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted, "please think twice before trying to leave Houston en masse." And Francisco Sanchez, the spokesman for Houston's Harris County emergency operations, tweeted: "LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST."

According to the NHC, with a Category 4 storm: "Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months."

By Friday evening, Harvey carried maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to an NHC Update.

However, Dave Roberts, a hurricane specialist with the NHC in Florida, tells NPR that "as it moves close to the coast later tonight and early Saturday, we should have landfall about that time and as it starts to move further inland, we should see the system begin to slow in forward motion and meander."

When Harvey stalls out, as forecast, it could dump up to 3 feet of rain in some parts of Texas, coupled with up a storm surge of up to 12 feet. The Hurricane Center has issued a storm surge warning for a more-than-400-mile stretch of coastline from Port Mansfield to High Island.

KUT reports that coastal residents are bracing for rain totals forecast to be "10 to 20 inches east of I-35 and totals as high as 25 inches in areas south of I-10 through Tuesday."

Three airlines — American, United, and Southwest — have canceled all flights in and out of Corpus Christi International Airport through the weekend. Several others are rebooking flights for travelers in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.

Carnival Corp. said that three of its cruise ships will not return to the Port of Galveston, Texas, as scheduled. Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are headed for New Orleans. A third, the Carnival Breeze, will stay in Cozumel, Mexico, according to a company spokeswoman.

Evacuation orders have been issued for several counties north of Corpus Christi, nearest the area where the hurricane is expected to make landfall. The cities of Portland, Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Robstown have also been ordered to evacuate, as well as all residents of Brazoria County who live on the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Canal, according to The Weather Channel. Galveston County's Daily News reports that the West End of Galveston Island, Jamaica Beach, the Bolivar Peninsula and the city of Dickinson are under a voluntary evacuation.

In an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long expressed fear "that people may not be taking this storm seriously."

"That window to evacuate is coming to a close," Long said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that President Trump may travel to Texas early next week.

Harvey rapidly moved up the Saffir-Simpson scale beginning Thursday, strengthening from a tropical depression to a Category 1 hurricane. By early Friday, its winds had reached 110 mph, placing it at the top end of Category 2 status, and by the afternoon, it was a Category 3 before increasing in strength even more.

"We're forecasting continuing intensification right up until landfall," National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

In Houston, Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District said Harvey could prove to be a "historic rainfall event."

"We are hurricane-tested here in this state. This is going to be different," Lindner was quoted by Houston Public Media as saying. "This is going to be a hurricane that comes in strong to the mid-Texas coast, and then we're still dealing with it next Monday and Tuesday."

The NHC warns that the deepest water will occur on the coast closest to and northeast of the area of landfall.

The last Category 3 or higher storm to hit the U.S. was Wilma, which smashed into Florida's coast in 2005, causing an estimated $30 billion in damage. It was the same year as Katrina and Rita, a record-breaking hurricane season that included three of the seven most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record.

Hurricane Bret in 1999 is the only major storm to have hit the Texas coast in the past 47 years. One of the most deadly storms was Ike, which killed nearly 200 people after it made landfall as a Category 2 storm near Galveston in 2008. Ike also ranks as the third-costliest Atlantic hurricane on record, after Katrina and Sandy.

NPR's Richard Gonzales contributed to this report.

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

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Towanda wrote:
MPMalloy wrote:AP Radio states that the 'eye wall' is coming ashore. What is the 'eye wall'?
It's the area of the hurricane that surrounds the eye, where the storm is most destructive. Here's a video of a plane flying through one:


Wow...... :ooh:

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

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Everyone stay safe. We can survive the zombies, we can survive this.

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by MPMalloy » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:44 pm

From FEMA via emails:
President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas
President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

Release date: August 25, 2017 Release Number: HQ-17-060

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey from August 23, 2017 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Kevin L Hannes has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Hannes said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustain losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at http://www.fema.gov/blog, http://www.twitter.com/fema, http://www.facebook.com/fema and http://www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at http://www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

Release date: August 25, 2017 Release Number: HQ-17-060-FactSheet

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Texas

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)

Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)

Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits and social security matters.

How to Apply for Assistance:

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. Emergency protective measures assistance, including direct federal assistance is available to state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.

How to Apply for Assistance:

Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

Follow FEMA online at http://www.fema.gov/blog, http://www.twitter.com/fema, http://www.facebook.com/fema and http://www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at http://www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas
President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

Release date: August 25, 2017 Release Number: HQ-17-060

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey from August 23, 2017 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Kevin L Hannes has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Hannes said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustain losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by Towanda » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:14 am

I have friends in Goliad. They lost power a couple hours ago. Last I heard from them, they were having Vienna sausages, Cabernet, and homemade ice cream by candlelight.
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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by Stercutus » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:42 am

Still a lot of uncertainty about impacts on petro production.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017 ... -risk.html



And because a CAT 3 Hurricane and historic flooding are not enough... Alligators.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/25/hu ... ators.html
In a statement to Fox News, Christy Kroboth from Gator Squad advised residents to stay at least 30 feet away from a displaced gator and not to approach or attempt to feed it.
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Post by 91Eunozs » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:43 am

Lots of wind and rain here now; but so far, so good.

Never lost power, but the water was shut off for a couple hours early this morning...got up at 0600 to recycle all the beverages from yesterday evening, and when I flushed, noticed the tank wasn't refilling. Almost no water out of the cold side of the taps too...hot water was normal (from our tanks). Odd that I don't see anything in the local news discussing any interruption of services though.

Regardless, supposed to get sustained 30-40 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph later today. That'll be interesting.
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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by MPMalloy » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:51 pm

From FEMA via an email: Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas: Remains a significant disaster as rain and dangerous storm surge continue
Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas: Remains a significant disaster as rain and dangerous storm surge continue

Release date: August 26, 2017 Release Number: HQ-17-061

WASHINGTON – Late Friday, Hurricane Harvey intensified to a major Category 4 hurricane just before making landfall near Rockport, Texas and remains a dangerous storm.

“The priorities right now are supporting states with: search and rescue, mass care, disaster medical services, temporary power, and life sustaining commodities” says FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “Those in the path of the storm need to prepare for significant, ongoing impacts and disruptions to daily activities.”

Friday, President Donald J. Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Texas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to affected individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of the storm.

Shelters are open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app for shelter information, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

The federal coordination is fully-activated, geared up, and providing support to states, local communities, and tribes as needed. FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and Regional Response Coordination Center in Denton, Texas, are operating 24-hours a day.

On Friday, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) station in Corpus Christi reported a water rescue of 12 people from a boat overrun by water. FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams are pre-positioned in San Antonio, Texas for additional rescues if needed. Each of these teams has swift water rescue capabilities. A USAR Incident Support Team is staged in College Station, Texas to support the teams during their deployment.

While immediate lifesaving and life sustaining operations are the priority for FEMA and our partners, residents and business owners in declared counties who sustained disaster related damage due to Hurricane Harvey, and are able to do so, can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

This page also includes links to information on how to file a flood insurance claim under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). To file a flood insurance claim under the NFIP, contact your insurance agent immediately. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) – select option 2 – to learn more about your policy, and be directed to the appropriate claims resource.

Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages will not be evident until the storm has passed. If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Safety

Remember, follow instructions from state, local, and tribal officials. If told to shelter in place or evacuate, do so immediately. Do not return to evacuated areas until told it is safe to do so.

If you are in a high rise building and need to shelter in place, go to the first or second floor hallways or interior rooms. You want to stay on floors above floodwater or storm surge, but do not go to the highest floors due to wind impacts.

Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.

There is the potential for dangerous flooding with this storm. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
If you encounter floodwaters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.

This storm has the potential for tornado formation. If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

When it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors who may require assistance such as infants, children, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Individual community members are the first line of response following a storm.

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

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Re: Hurricanes 2017

Post by Crimson Phoenix » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:58 pm

For anybody concerned, I finally got my family rousted up around 3:30 AM and forced my brother to take this thing seriously. He honestly planned to just sleep through it. 4 AM warnings forecast 12-22 foot storm swells in my town, and our home is maybe 16-18 feet above sea level. Tried to bag up and waterproof what valueables we could, get the car loaded up, and get on the road for my uncle's land north of Austin. Uncle in Victoria refused to evacuate when we tried to link up with him, and it couldn't be helped. Only had heavy rain between Calhoun and Victoria, but it was an otherwise easy drive until we hit the back to school move in traffic below UTAustin later that morning. I had family in two states calling me up and begging me to either leave my parents behind and walk to the evac staging area to board a bus for Dallas, or force everyone to wake up and get out. I finally managed to get the latter to happen.

Overall, I felt it could've gone much worse, but still grumpy over the total CF it was getting this thing handled on my side. None of my family or friends got hurt or seriously injured, those who evacuated made it safe, those who didn't were lucky, but one of my work friends is now homeless after winds in Victoria ripped his trailer open like a can of sardines. Two other friends lived in the apartment complex that burned last night, but their units weren't touched. Everyone got off lucky. So glad the customers at our store were patient and not rude, too.

Sad news is we still don't know when we can return home, due to the the highway closures, and the backup generator at work failed due to not being fueled before being dropped off and we lost all our perishables. It's going to be nasty work cleaning out the store before we can even open for our first day of business.

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