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Be Prepared Not Scared: Review your storm readiness plans as Hurricane Season continues

Dial 2-1-1 to register with the state of Texas Emergency Assistance program if you might need help during an evacuation.

NUECES COUNTY, Texas — While Tropical Storm Hanna is shaping up to be more of a rainmaker than anything else for us, state emergency planners are encouraging coastal residents to go over their storm readiness plans, especially those who might live in low lying areas that flood.

"Anybody that may feel uncomfortable with where they are staying or living and wants to move to a place, let's start moving now while we have plenty of time to prepare," Nimm Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management said. "Make a kit. Make a plan. Make a reservation. Get somewhere safe that is inland."

Kidd said community planning should not wait until the last minute. He said if the Texas coast sees any stronger storms this hurricane season, the state is prepared to handle evacuations even amid the current pandemic.

"The difference in a pandemic, want people to move sooner," Kidd said. "We will do medical screenings, issue personal protective equipment. If you don't bring your own mask, we will issue you one. When we get to the reception centers, will still use congregate settings, but we will have a lot more space in them, and use more hotels than we have done in the past."

Even with this storm, search and rescue teams have been directed to be on standby for those folks who are elderly or disabled.

Kidd is encouraging vulnerable populations to call 2-1-1 and register with the state of Texas Emergency Assistance program. When you call, local and state officials will know you are someone who might need help during an evacuation.

For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.

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