By KAROLYN GEPHART
Hurricane Preparedness Week in Texas is May 7-13, and Friendswood local officials joined with Texas Division of Emergency Management personnel and National Weather Service staff to recognize the week and remind residents to begin preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and local officials are preparing, according to City Manager Roger Roecker who reported city plans at the May 1 meeting of the Friendswood City Council.
Terry Byrd, the Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator, attended the 2017 National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans on April 17-20 and plans to attend the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio on May 16-19 to receive training in several specialized areas of disaster preparedness.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will host the annual City Hurricane Preparedness meeting on May 11 at the Public Safety Building for school districts, utilities, contractors, service providers, and other cities along with city officials to discuss preparedness plans for the upcoming season.
The OEM will also schedule meetings with functional needs facilities such as senior living facilities and nursing homes, local businesses and faith-based organizations to discuss preparedness plans.
Two Hurricane Preparedness meetings have been scheduled for the general public at the Friendswood Library on June 1 at 10 a.m. and on June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Friendswood OEM has scheduled a City utility bill mailer that will be sent to all residents with information for the public regarding CodeRed registration, flood insurance, preparing homes and property for hurricanes, and functional needs registry.
Additional hurricane preparedness information will be available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the Senior Activities building and the Friendswood Library.