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Hurricane Season and a Legislative Recap: Monday’s Show (June 1, 2015)

It’s officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall. The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about […]

It’s officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall.

The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about Houstonians becoming complacent and potentially unprepared for a possible storm. But after last week’s severe weather and flooding, most of us don’t really need the official start of the season to remind us of the impact severe storms can have.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we offer some of the usual preparedness reminders, but we also learn about some other ways our region readies itself in case of disaster.

We talk with Carol Flores from the Houston Interfaith Disaster Response Alliance. She’s also the 2015 chair of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional VOAD. (VOAD stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster — it’s a group of nonprofits that have a plan to work together and share information and resources in times of emergency). We also talk with Cameron Waldner, the CEO of Volunteer Houston.

Then, News 88.7’s Dave Fehling reports on the sort of hurricane season we might expect, and we welcome your questions for Dave Gorham, Senior Meteorologist with the weather service provider StormGeo.

Also this hour: The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

Plus: The Houston Rockets postseason run ended last week at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets surprised many by making it to the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but ultimately they had no answer for Steph Curry and the Warriors, who take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals starting Thursday. We review the Rockets season — and consider what roster changes may be in store in the offseason to come — with Houston Press writer Jeff Balke.

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