Many Houstonians May Be Unaware They Live In Evacuation Zones

Posted on · The information’s not required in real estate documents, and the last time the evacuation zone map was activated was during Hurricane Ike: nearly 10 years ago. Officials also say around a million people have moved to Houston from other locations, and may not know how to evacuate. Is Houston ready for the next big storm?

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How Did Harvey Compare To Researchers’ Worst-Case Scenario Storm?

Posted on · Back in October 2016, researchers created a fictional tropical storm of extraordinary magnitude to understand just how well (or not) Greater Houston would handle the “big one.” Well, how did Harvey compare, and what lessons did they learn from it?

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Galveston County Holds First-Ever Transportation Conference

Posted on · Galveston County held its first ever transportation summit Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) to discuss how $500 million could be invested to improve transportation infrastructure over the next decade. The U.S. Census Bureau says Galveston County's population grew by close to 11 percent between 2010 and 2015. And while the county is happy to add to […]

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Hurricane Rita: Lessons Learned from Houston’s Great Evacuation

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]


Evacuation Transportation Update

Posted on · 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.