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Hurricane Season 2017

  • Let's Drive The TXDOT Hurricane Evacuation Route

    Ride Along With Us As We Drive The TXDOT Hurricane Evacuation Route From Victoria. 

  • Introducing GOES 16

    That's the sound of meteorological history being made back in November of 2016. A blast of the rocket boosters and the launch of the GOES  16 weather satellite promises an improved view of whats going on in our atmosphere. "GOES 16 is like GOES from standard definition to high definition," said Line Meteorologist Bill Line, with the National Weather Service, has been working with the data GOES 16 has been sending back. He is excited and astounded by what he sees...

  • The New Tropical Cyclone Advisory

    The Potential Tropical Cyclone Advisory is a new tool that will help in the early prediction of hurricanes.     "If we think that formation potential is high, we can go ahead and issue a warning based off the potential for this system to develop," said Rhome. Tropical Cyclone Advisory will forecast potential hazards with a system and of course indicate how strong a system could become. The hurricane center will not hesitate to issue this new advisory if it means ...

  • Don't Forget the Batteries

    Batteries are essential tools to power devices in your home. Calvin Simpson, manager with Interstate Batteries in Victoria, says alkaline batteries are basic batteries that can power flashlights and lanterns.  People who own battery powered generators should check the battery life before a storm enters the Gulf. In most cases if you have to evacuate your home interstate batteries suggests checking your car battery to make sure it is in good working condition. Simpson adds checki...

  • Hurricanes and Higher Learning

    The Crossroads is home to the University of Houston at Victoria, Victoria College. and Wharton County Junior College. So what plans do these schools have to keep their students safe?   In the case of Victoria College if a hurricane is approaching the area, Victoria College would simply notify their students via their emergency alert system.  For Wharton County Junior College, their president will make the final decision when to cancel classes and students will receive that...

  • Prepare Your Pets Before the Storm

    Pets have very different needs before during and after a storm.  we talked with Victoria Animal Hospital Medical Director Randy Froehlich. He recommends preparing a plastic bag with all of your pets information. Microchip ID number, vaccination records and needed medication with instructions should all travel with your pet during an evacuation. You should have a two to three day supply of food and water for your pet.  If you're asked to evacuate, make sure your pet is comf...

  • Homeowners Insurance: What's Covered?

    When purchasing insurance time is of the essence. "Generally you cant buy it if there is a hurricane in the Gulf," said Haynes. MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE MANY DETAILS REGARDING THEIR POLICY. For example, residents who live in coastal counties like Calhoun, Aransas, and  Matagorda Counties  their homeowners policies do not include coverage for  wind and hail damage. However you can purchase wind and hail coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insura...

  • No Power What To Do?

    " We understand that you are going to be uncomfortable." Trying to adapt to South Texas heat and humidity when to power is out is not easy. Omar Lopez with AEP Texas urges everyone to be patient. "its important to remember, especially when you are dealing with trees, downed trees, and down power lines, in densely populated area, especially neighborhoods, its going to take a little longer to get those trees out of the power lines safely and to restore electricity to th...

  • Elder Evacuations: Stay or Leave?

    Once voluntary evacuations are announced Vitality Court will  decide to leave or stay. "We communicate with corporate office and then identify whether we shelter in place or leave for one of our mutual aid agreements," said Thomas. Damon Thomas tells us Vitality Court residents and staff would evacuate to San Antonio. Families of Vitality residents will receive a call to work out plans for their loved ones. " We want to talk with the responsible parties to se...

  • The Red Cross Wants You

    The Red Cross is always in need of volunteers to help out in the community. According to the American Red Cross webpage, volunteers make up 90% of the total workforce at the red cross During a natural disaster, the need for volunteers to help out within the community increase. We talked with the Red Cross Disaster Manager Debbie Ellsworth on why it's important for the red cross to have volunteers in the community before a hurricane hits. "We just need the volunteers to help us ...

  • How DeTar Prepares Patients for Hurricane Evacuations

    "We have to do what is safest for our patients and we do need to take the needs of the community in consideration," said Griffin. When a storm enters the Gulf, DeTar Hospital begins talks with its partners at Victoria County Emergency Management. DeTar also collaborates with partner hospitals in case they need to move patients further inland, away from Victoria. " We have several facilities in Pleasanton, Austin, and Houston," said Griffin. There are many option...

  • Texas Emergency Tracking Network

    The emergency tracking system- or E-T-N  is a partnership between city, county and state governments to track evacuees that cannot get to a designated shelter on their own. Rick McBrayer, emergency manager for the city and county of Victoria says the goal is to greatly reduce the chances of someone getting lost or misplaced during an emergency.  This system will give shelter staff the ability to coordinate people and pets across several locations in real time. "They ca...

  • John Sweet Talks Lumber

    Lumber is a big neccessity when it comes to protecting your home from a hurricane. The plywood will protect your home from the strong winds which could shatter your windows. We talked with John Sweet with Zarksy's Lumber Company and he recommends purchasing half inch plywood with attachment clips to remove the boards to both install and remove the boards easily.  Sweet says preparing before a storm threatens will sure make the process smother in the event we are threatened with ...

  • Shelters vs Saferooms

    So what do you do if you can't leave? How will you ride out the storm if your home isn't an option? Fortunately, there are places you can go.  FEMA Domes, or "safe rooms" are built to withstand the force of a hurricane. In the past five years here in the Crossroads four of these domes have been specially constructed to FEMA standards.  Located in Edna, Bloomington, Woodsboro, and the newest at Saint Joseph High School here in Victoria. Richard McBrayer,...

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