Denton, TX -- Hurricane season may not start until June 1 but preparing for it started much earlier. FEMA and state and local emergency managers work year-round to get ready. Each year's preparation is built on previous years experience.
"We know that we cannot stop the hurricane. And we know that a major hurricane may cause major damage. But we can do two things," said Gary Jones, Acting Regional Director for FEMA. "First, we can prevent some of the damage by building stronger and taking other preventative measures. And, second, we can be ready to help people who suffer hurricane damage."
FEMA has worked with Louisiana and Texas state emergency managers to identify evacuation needs and develop evacuation plans. Moving large numbers of people out of the path of a hurricane requires months, even years, of planning and training, according to Jones.
"After a devastating hurricane, people need the basics of life support. FEMA and the states have developed plans to move in quickly with food, water, and shelter. The logistics of being able to provide the things we need daily can be overwhelming if we are not prepared," Jones added.
"Sometimes people expect emergency responders to immediately resolve the problems created by the ravages of nature. We cannot do that," Jones asserted. That is why we encourage people to have a survival kit with enough food, water, medical supplies, clothing, and other necessities to last at least 3 or 4 days without outside help."