The county has nearly spent the $100 million in federal disaster recovery money for about 750 houses and rental properties.
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The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1.
While June 1 brings another hurricane season, Galveston County still carries scars left by the storms of the past. Some — shrunken coastlines, empty spaces where beach houses once stood — are plainly visible, even years later. Others are visions only in the memories of those who made it through previous storms.
The 1900 Storm and Hurricane Ike in 2008 both formed hundreds of miles away near the Cape Verde islands of West Africa. Traveling more than 4,000 miles, the storms gathered momentum before pounding the Texas coast.
We have all seen them. A heavy rain event looms, and weather forecasters discuss how much precipitation is anticipated by various forecast models. A hurricane is approaching the Gulf of Mexico, and there is talk of where various models suggest the storm may head.
For many residents, memories of the destruction during Hurricane Ike in 2008 remain. But sociologists estimate people only remember the worst effects of a hurricane for about seven years, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s a list of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
A few years before Hurricane Ike brought its devastating surge, I was talking to a sales clerk on The Strand. The young man, who had recently moved to the island, stated that he could hardly wait to experience a hurricane.
Your own city government is one of the best places to get information.
As hurricane season approaches, preparing for evacuation remains vital for all in the gulf region, but especially for those in need of assistance such as seniors and those with disabilities.
A major hurricane can cause a lot of pain and damage, and part of being ready to recover is to have your finances in order.
When inclement weather strikes, your automobile can be an important tool for survival.
Although medical care was available on the island after Hurricane Ike, it was hard to get to.
Cell phones have made personal phone books obsolete.
If the need arises for people to evacuate, there is an equal need for your pets to go with you.
Staying connected on the road means having to charge phone and laptop computer batteries, and one simple device can keep you in the loop.
If you’re going to stay for a hurricane, you’ll need to be prepared for weeks of sweltering humidity without electricity, so having a reliable generator can help you stay cool, calm and connected.
One of the most important items needed to survive and recover from a hurricane is information.
Sometime about Sept. 14, 2008, a lot of people who’d stayed for Hurricane Ike made a depressing discovery: All the emergency water they’d run into their bathtubs had leaked out.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, even people in Jeeps with snorkel kits attached were driving around on four weak links — the tires.
Even after the storm passes, the risks of getting sick or injured remain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips to remain safe.
Health officials declared Galveston unsafe after Hurricane Ike knocked out the city’s water and sewer systems.
It’s necessary to have the right clothing to get you through the oppressively muggy days after a storm, when power is out and cool breezes are scarce.
Mold, contaminated soil, infections and respiratory ills may lie in wait after a hurricane, physicians say.
• During a mandatory evacuation, all deliveries will be halted. It is not necessary to call to stop your newspaper delivery.
Anyone who has been through a hurricane or two will tell you one of the most important things you can do is have an evacuation plan.
As time passes since Hurricane Ike pummeled Galveston County in 2008, emergency response officials worry longtime residents are becoming complacent and an influx of newcomers may not be prepared for the upcoming storm season.
Forecasting storms still can be tricky, but the margin of error has dropped dramatically, and the advanced warning for residents along the coast has improved.
A key to being properly prepared when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens is appreciating the risks for your specific location or residence.
John Polak, general manager of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association shares information on the transformation that has taken place at TWIA over the last several years.
A hurricane can be traumatic for anyone, but two particularly susceptible groups encountering trouble with evacuations and recovery are the youngest and oldest residents.
Part of the challenge that emergency officials face after a storm is deciding when to allow residents who have evacuated to come back.
GALVESTON — Charlie Kelly was in Galveston during Hurricane Ike. But now, almost six years after the storm made landfall and devastated much of the island, he knows that he’s part of a shrinking group.
LEAGUE CITY — An angry red storm dominated the many HD monitors Wednesday at Galveston County’s Emergency Operations Center, just west of Wal-Mart, on FM 646 in League City.
STAFFORD — The first recorded hurricane warning in history was ignored at great cost. This historical incident established a pattern — one that persists to this day, former National Hurricane Center chief Bill Read said.
From the archives of The Daily News for May 2:
WEBSTER — As bad as Hurricane Ike was, hurricane expert Bill Read believes it could have been worse. Much worse.
Take it from people who’ve been through hurricane season: The single most important thing you can do is to get your family together and make a plan.
While not every scenario that could come with another major hurricane striking Galveston County can be drilled, having the infrastructure and communications plan in place are key to be prepared for whatever comes this way.
Emergency management officials offer these tips for preparing for storm season.
Hurricanes are the most powerful storms on Earth because of their size and potential for destruction.
Some tips in case you need to evacuate your home for a storm.
Ask yourself seriously: Are you really prepared right now, this minute, if a tropical cyclone formed about 300 miles off our Texas Coast and was forecast to make landfall here in Galveston County within 30 hours or so?
To avoid eating all of your meals out of hermetically sealed plastic pouches, stock your storm pantry.