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In the first hurricane season since Harvey, local emergency management officials say they’ve changed some things about the way they plan to respond to storms — while they also stood by the fundamentals of hurricane response that form the basis of the local emergency response plans.

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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.…

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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.

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Staying connected on the road means having to charge phone and laptop computer batteries, and one simple device can keep you in the loop.

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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.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, even people in Jeeps with snorkel kits attached were driving around on four weak links — the tires.

 

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Complacent people worry League City Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Edghill. Worrying about their complacency keeps him up late at night. With so many new residents, he has a mission to convince people to be prepared for hurricanes.

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Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, has just about arrived to Galveston County, but it has been on the minds of the emergency management staff in Texas City for months.

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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 thro…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A hurricane can be traumatic for anyone, but two particularly susceptible groups encountering trouble with evacuations and recovery are the youngest and oldest residents.

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Part of the challenge that emergency officials face after a storm is deciding when to allow residents who have evacuated to come back.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

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Structural upgrades to older homes can protect against hurricane destruction and prevent the most common types of windstorm damage, experts say.