Evacuation Transportation Update

In the event of an emergency evacuation people with mobility issues may need assistance in getting to a safe location. Each year the City of Houston compiles a list of those who it will assist in getting out of harm’s way. Rod Rice reports.

The city doesn’t add to the list each year, it completely clears it each January 1st. Terry Moore is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Houston and says clearing the list keeps all information as current as possible.

“Individual situations change. People’s conditions get better or worse, which changes the assets we need to move them, people move or unfortunately some pass away.”

Those who have been on previous lists have been notified by mail to re-register.  They simply have to fill out the enclosed form and send it back.

Moore says there are other ways to register that also work for those who’ve not been previously registered.

“They can go on to our website Houston-o-e-m-dot-net; click on the tab that’s labeled “Transportation Assistance” and register online, or simply pick-up the phone and dial 2-1-1.”

Moore says this list is not just for people with special needs.  Anyone who has no means to move to a safe place in an emergency can register. He says all information is strictly confidential and used only to know who needs transportation help and what kind of vehicle they require.

Moore says the list has grown from 600 the first year to 14-thousand last year.


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