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Harris County Launches Digital Countdown to Hurricane Season

Billboard gives commuters a reminder to prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

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One of the digital billboards around Harris County that reminds residents to prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

Harris County has launched a countdown to hurricane season on digital billboards in an effort to get citizens to prepare now.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the director of Homeland Security when disaster strikes, says information is the most important thing when it comes to emergencies.

“It’s hard for people to remember, but we’ve had five hurricane seasons with no meaningful activity,” he said. “In that time, hundreds of thousands of people have moved into this region who have never been through a hurricane.”

He says that down time has given emergency officials a chance to improve their response, with lessons learned from past hurricanes.

“Hurricane Ike, some of the problems were after the storm came, and we’ve put things in place to take care of that,” Emmett said. “Hurricane Rita of course, it was the evacuation. It’s a matter of working together, but we’ve got to make sure the individuals and the families are ready for the storm. Because no matter what we do, if they’re not ready, then it could turn into a real disaster.”

Emmett says the digital billboards around the region will serve as a reminder to those who may procrastinate.

“The people who’ve lived here their whole lives, and they always wait til the end to prepare for the hurricane, these boards are perfect opportunities to remind people: No matter what you do, hurricane season is going to be here, whether we like it or not,” he said.

Six digital billboards will countdown the days and hours until June 1. They will be placed at various locations across Harris County.

The 2014 hurricane season is predicted to have a total of nine named storms, six hurricanes and one major hurricane.

 

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