Wednesday, June 1, 2011
For the next several months, storm chasers, meteorologists, and practically every person in our part of Texas will be watching the tropics for the slightest puff of wind. In the meantime, there are a couple of things you need to know in case you have to evacuate.
1. Know the hurricane evacuation routes. In short, head north. Don't head westward because you may run into Houston's evacuation. And that's the LAST place you want to be.
2. Keep your vehicle ready. You know the drill: keep a fuel tank of fuel, have extra water, etc.
3. Evacuate early if you can. Waiting for the last minute may get you some great deals on the Internet. However, it will cost you in a hurricane evacuation. Leave early if you can.
4. Have a place to go. It's bad enough being stuck in a evacuation traffic; it's worse being stuck in traffic and not having a place to go to. Plan your route and your trip.
5. Be patient. More than half a million people are trying to do the same-thing-you-are-doing-at-the-same- time-you-are-doing it. There's not enough concrete in the world to build a highway system designed to allow hurricane evacuation traffic to travel at 70 mph. Be prepared to wait.
Finally, for those of you new to Southeast Texas, listen to the "old-timers" who survived Rita and Ike, not to mention a couple of other close calls. Experience is the best teacher.