TxDOT prepares for Tropical Storm Alex - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/10

TxDOT prepares for Tropical Storm Alex

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Transportation is making preparations for the first named storm of the season, at the same time, the agency is encouraging Texans in the coastal region to be just as prepared before the storm hits.

Citizens should start early preparing for the emergency including making evacuation plans now, rather than wait until the day before a storm. Review the hurricane evacuation maps on TxDOT's website at www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/hurricane.htm.

It's important to make a checklist and review it with your family, particularly if you live in an evacuation zone. If you live outside an evacuation zone, but opt to evacuate, leave early so you do not delay those included in a staggered, mandatory evacuation. If you believe you will not be evacuating in the event of a hurricane, prepare a survival kit. Make a plan and stay informed during the emergency.

All coastal TxDOT districts and support districts are standing by with materials and personnel ready. TxDOT staff and resources will be deployed as needed to respond to the storm.

TxDOT is using its dynamic message signs to convey important information about travel conditions. In anticipation of the storm, drivers along the entire Texas coast are being urged to keep their gas tanks filled and stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food items, first aid kits and cash. During hurricane season, coastal residents are encouraged to not operate their vehicles with less than half a tank of fuel.

TxDOT is participating in activities at the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin. The agency's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Austin will open on Tuesday.

The department's goal before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane is to get people to safety, get them back home safely and assist with the cleanup and recovery. The agency is working with state emergency management and local officials to provide necessary resources and expertise to ensure the safety of all Texas residents.

Important Tips for Residents:

  • Keep track of the weather
  • Know your evacuation routes.
  • Keep a hurricane evacuation map and a regular state map in your vehicles at all times.
  • Evacuate with time; do not wait until the last minute.
  • Keep your vehicle's gas tanks full at all times during hurricane season.
  • Have emergency cash for fuel and other hurricane necessities.
  • Have your emergency supply box ready with flash lights, candles, water, canned foods, medication, first aid kit, and important documents.

For information on Texas road conditions, call the Texas Road Condition and Travel Information Line (800-452-9292) or visit TxDOT's website at www.txdot.gov. People with special transportation needs-those who are mobility impaired, have special medical needs or have no transportation available-may call 2-1-1.

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