• To get the quickest, most up-to-date information when it comes to hurricanes and evacuations, Dickinson police encourage residents to like both the city and police department’s Facebook pages.

• Residents also are encouraged to visit the city’s website, www.ci.dickin son.tx.us, where they can sign up to five devices on the Blackboard Connect system to stay connected.

• If there is a storm, the mayor and county officials will decide if and when Dickinson residents need to evacuate. They’ll start in Galveston first, and depending how big the storm is projected to be, the evacuation zone will move north by ZIP code, police said.

• Plan a route you’re going to use and if you don’t plan on leaving, let someone know.

• Police and other emergency officials ask all residents to prepare for seven days without power, officials said. That includes making sure you have enough medicine, food and water for those seven days.

• The main number for the police department is 281-337-4700.


• All residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan, which includes a personal evacuation plan detailing when, where and how they will evacuate, said Brian Mansfield, deputy director of the Friendswood Office of Emergency Management.

• Pets should be included in family emergency plans and emergency preparedness kits. Pet food and other pet essentials should be taken when the family evacuates.

• The city will communicate through multiple sources if a mandatory or voluntary evacuation is issued. Friendswood residents should register for the CodeRED system so that they can receive phone calls, text messages and emails from the city at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/CodeRED.

• During a hurricane, emergency services such as fire, EMS and police will not be available.

• The city will inform residents when it is safe to return to the city. Stay tuned to local media, city social media accounts and register for Code RED to get the latest information.

• The city’s main number is 281-996-3200, and the Office of Emergency Management is 281-996-3335.


• The only evacuation route from Galveston during a storm is Interstate 45. The San Luis Pass Bridge and the Bolivar Peninsula Ferry will close in the event of a hurricane evacuation. Once across the causeway, I-45, state highways 6 and 146 are designated evacuation routes.

• Within Galveston, all evacuation routes use Broadway or Harborside Drive to access I-45. Cross streets that will be open to access Broadway will be 61st, 53rd, 45th, 39th, 25th and Sixth streets. Cross streets to access Harborside Drive will be 51st, 25th and Sixth streets, and Ferry Road.

• Galveston, along with Bolivar Peninsula, would be the first areas to be evacuated if a countywide evacuation is called. Galvestonians should evacuate as soon as possible after an evacuation is called, as other areas will begin evacuating in the hours after the island begins its evacuation.

• Galveston residents who will need a ride or do not have their own transportation during a hurricane evacuation can call 409-797-3701 to register for the city’s evacuation transportation program.

• Residents can sign up for city of Galveston’s emergency notification system online by visiting www.cityofgalveston.org/196/Emergency- Notification-System. The city’s emergency management department also posts updates on Twitter at @GalvestonOEM or on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalvestonOEM.

Evacuations in Galveston are conducted from the Galveston Community Center, 4700 Broadway. People who evacuate from Galveston will be brought to a shelter in Austin.


• Kemah residents must register at www.kemah-tx.gov to set up preferences for the Blackboard Connect system. In the case of a hurricane, alerts would be provided via home phone, cell, text message or email. This is the city’s primary direct communication tool but requires residents to register.

• To contact a staff member of the Kemah Emergency Management, email Police Chief Greg Rikard at grikard@kemah-tx.com or Fire Chief Brent Hahn at brent.hahn@kemahfire.com.

• Kemah holds annual hurricane preparation meetings. The next meeting will be hosted by the Kemah Emergency Management in coordination with the Kemah Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association at 8 a.m. June 25 at the Kemah Community Center.

La Marque

The city recommends that people plan ahead for hurricanes by assessing their risk, planning transportation and assembling supplies, Emergency Management Coordinator Charlene Todaro said. Residents should build up a supply to last seven to 10 days, she said.

The city did not call a mandated evacuation during Hurricane Ike in 2008, but residents are encouraged to

For those in need, buses provided by the state will transport people seeking evacuation to shelters in Austin.

For general, nonemergency, emergency management questions, residents may call 409-938-9225. During an emergency, the city prefers that residents utilize the city’s website, www.cityoflamarque.org, as it will be updated on a regular basis. In addition, a hotline will be set up and the number is 409-938-9260, Todaro said.


• During emergency situations, League City will utilize all communication tools available to keep residents informed and up to date on weather impacts, city services and much more.

• League City residents can register with the city’s mass notification system to receive alerts if a storm impacts the area by visiting www.leaguecity.com.

• The city’s website, social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Comcast Channel 16 also will provide residents with the critical information needed during emergency situations.

• City officials encourage residents who would need evacuation assistance during a hurricane to call 211 and register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry program early.

• League City’s nonemergency number for the League City Office of Emergency Management is 281-554-1300.

• Additional information is available at www.readylc.com.

Santa Fe

Residents may sign up to receive notifications to their cellphone or landline by calling city hall, 409-925-6412, and asking to be put on the Blackboard Connect list, said police Capt. Philip Meadows.

The city uses the notification system to update people about road closures, community events and storm and weather updates, he said.

“We send out information with weather updates, evacuation routes and what we’re expecting to happen with the storm,” Meadows said.

The city relies on the county’s emergency management plan to determine whether to call for an evacuation.

The police department will host a neighborhood meeting around the start of hurricane season with people from the National Weather Service where they will give out tips about how to prepare for storms, Meadows said. A date for that meeting has not yet been set.

Texas City

Texas City did not call an evacuation during Hurricane Ike because of its protection from the levee, pump system and flood gates, said Derek Duckett, the city’s emergency management coordinator. It is unlikely the mayor will call for a mandatory evacuation unless it is a Category 4 or 5 storm, he said. Before and after the storm, the city uses its call system to notify residents about what is happening.

• People can sign up to receive emergency notifications through the city’s website, www.teas-city-tx.org. Residents also can call 409-948-3111 and ask to be added to the list.

• Buses transporting people between the county and the shelter do pick ups in Texas City. Residents can call 409-948-3111 to learn where the buses will arrive.

Unincorporated Galveston County

• For information on hurricane preparedness in all unincorporated areas in the county, contact Galveston County Emergency Management at www.gcoem.org or by calling 281-309-5002 or reach the 24/7 hotline at 888-384-2000. Find them on Facebook and Twitter for emergency updates.

• Visit gcoem.org to sign up for transportation in the event of a hurricane if you are without a vehicle or have medical considerations. If you know of neighbors or friends who may need transportation, encourage them to sign up. You are not required to take the assistance, but it will ensure you will get help if needed.

• Sign up for the county Blackboard Connect system, which will provide alerts in case of a hurricane by home phone, cellphone, text and email. The tool is the best way to hear about community events and get emergency alerts.

• Residents in San Leon and Bacliff can contact their water department to sign up for the notification systems for interrupted service in a hurricane and other water notices.

• County emergency management officials say communities in low-lying areas of the county should be especially aware of the need to evacuate. Those areas often hardest hit by a hurricane include Bayou Vista, Bolivar and San Leon. Many people in those areas stayed during Hurricane Ike even after the Bolivar Ferry stopped running and water service was halted. More than 120 had to be evacuated in Bolivar. Emergency management officials said residents should take notice of those major closures as a sign it is necessary to leave when a hurricane may be on its way.

From Staff Reports

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

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