PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
514 AM CDT MON JUN 28 2010

ALTHOUGH TROPICAL STORM ALEX IS FORECAST TO MOVE INLAND AS A
HURRICANE WELL SOUTH OF THE REGION LATER THIS WEEK...THERE IS
STILL CONSIDERABLE FORECAST UNCERTAINTY THAT FAR OUT. NOW IS A
GOOD TIME AS ANY TO REVIEW ACTIONS TO TAKE PRIOR TO A TROPICAL
SYSTEM THREATENING YOUR AREA.

PERSONS LIVING IN THE TEXAS COASTAL AREAS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PREPARED
FOR A HURRICANE. SEVERAL THINGS CAN BE DONE IN ADVANCE COSTING LITTLE
OR NO MONEY. TAKING ACTION ON ALL OR A PORTION OF THE FOLLOWING CAN
SAVE VALUABLE TIME AND EFFORT WHEN A HURRICANE APPROACHES.

LEARN THE ELEVATION OF YOUR HOME. HOMES ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST ARE
SUBJECT TO STORM SURGE. IF STORM SURGE AND RESULTING LEVELS ARE
BROADCAST YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DECIDE IF YOUR HOME IS IN DANGER OF
FLOODING.

BE FAMILIAR WITH THE HURRICANE EVACUATION ROUTE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE FLOOD PRONE AREAS. DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOURS
IT COULD TAKE FOR YOU TO REACH A SAFE AREA DURING PEAK EVACUATION
TRAFFIC.

CHECK WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR THE RED CROSS TO DETERMINE THE
CLOSEST EMERGENCY SHELTER TO YOUR HOME AND WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING IF A
SHELTER IS USED. MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS IF YOU PLAN TO STAY WITH
RELATIVES OR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIVE ON THE IMMEDIATE COAST...A LOW LYING
AREA...OR A MOBILE HOME YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PLAN TO RELOCATE.

TO ASSIST IN RAPIDLY OBTAINING INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS AND APPROPRIATE
TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR LOSSES HAVE A COMPLETED INVENTORY OF PERSONAL
PROPERTY. INVENTORY CHECKLISTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR INSURANCE
AGENT. TAKE PICTURES AND STORE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN WATER/FIRE-PROOF
CONTAINERS OR A SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR ALEX AND AREA RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED
TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS AS WELL.

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