• 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 the police department’s Facebook pages.

• Residents also are encouraged to visit the city’s website, www.ci.dickinson.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.

– Shannon Daughtry


• 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 Friendswood’s emergency management operations.

• The city will communicate through multiple media sources if mandatory or voluntary evacuation is issued.

• In case of a mandatory evacuation, little or no emergency services, such as fire, EMS, police, power, water and safe streets, will be available during or after an event, Mansfield said.

• The city will communicate with residents for safe return through the media.

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

– Shannon Daughtry


• 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, Texas Highway 6 and Texas Highway 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 409-621-3179 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.

– John Wayne Ferguson


• Kemah residents can go to www.kemah-tx.gov to register and set up preferences for the Blackboard Connect system, which will provide alerts in case of a hurricane by home phone, cellphone, text and email. This is the city’s primary direct communications tool, but requires residents to register.

• The nonemergency number for Kemah Emergency Management is 281-334-5414. The number will direct callers to a police dispatcher where you can request to speak with emergency management staff.  

• Kemah does not host hurricane meetings annually, but Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Kerber said Kemah residents can attend nearby meetings in League City and Galveston each spring find out more about hurricane preparedness.  

– Erin Heffernan

La Marque

• Only the mayor or the county judge can call for the evacuation of La Marque, said Charlene Todaro Warren, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

• Evacuations are done in phases by ZIP code zones with the coastal zone, which includes Galveston, Bolivar and Hitchcock, usually first, she said. La Marque is in the next zone, ZIP Zone A, she said. While residents are free to take whatever route they want to evacuate, Warren did say that fueling stations are positioned along interstate highways.

• Residents with family members with medical or other needs can register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry by dialing 211. The information is shared with the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management and then the cities, Warren said.

• Residents also can contact the police department at 409-938-9269 for other needs. To receive notifications from the city, residents can sign up at the city’s website, www.cityoflamarque.org, and click on Connect CTY.

– Chris Smith Gonzalez

League City

• League City residents can go to www.leaguecity.com to register and set up preferences for the Blackboard Connect system, which will provide alerts in case of a hurricane by home phone, cellphone, text and email. This is the city’s primary direct communications tool, but it does require residents to register.

• Emergency information in a hurricane also will be posted by the League City Office of Emergency Management to the city’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, as well as Comcast Channel 16.

• Anyone needing evacuation assistance can call 211 and register for a ride in case of a hurricane. The city urges people who will require transportation or have special health considerations to sign up early to make sure you have a seat.

• The nonemergency number for League City Office of Emergency Management is 281-554-1300. For all emergencies dial 911.

• League City hosts an annual Hurricane Blowout event to help residents prepare for a hurricane with representatives from the National Weather Service, emergency management, the local police and fire departments, insurance agents and disaster cleanup companies. The event also features food, games and vendors. This year’s event will take please from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at the League City Home Depot parking lot, FM 646 and I-45.

– Erin Heffernan

Santa Fe

• The main number for the city’s police department is 409-925-2000. This is a good number for residents to remember during the event of a hurricane, Santa Fe Police Chief Kenneth Campbell said.

• Like its neighboring communities, the city of Santa Fe follows the county and National Weather Service’s advisories and recommendations regarding evacuation and specific landfall timelines, he said.

– Shannon Daughtry

Texas City

• The main evacuation routes for Texas City residents are Interstate 45, state Highways 6 and 146.

• Texas City did not evacuate during Hurricane Ike and, thanks to the city’s levees and pump system, it is not likely the city will need to be evacuated in the future, said Derek Duckett, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

• The refineries and plants in and around the city have procedures in place, Duckett said. The facilities are able to shut down and evacuate most workers, leaving only a skeleton crew behind, in a matter of three or four days if necessary, he said.

• The best way to get information from the city is to sign up for emergency notifications, Duckett said.

“That’s how we’ll make initial contact with the city’s decisions,” he said.

Residents can log onto the city’s website, www.texas-city-tx.org, and on the front page, there is button labeled Emergency Notifications.

Residents can enter various phone numbers to get notifications.

Residents also can call the city, 409-948-3111, and someone will add their information into the system, Duckett said.

• In case of an evacuation, the city will set up a phone bank to answer questions and give information, Duckett said. The number to contact will be shared on the city’s website, social media pages and through the emergency notification system, he said.

– Chris Smith Gonzalez

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.

• 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, 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.

– Erin Heffernan

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