Thursday, September 11, 2008
BRAZOS VALLEY PREPARES FOR HURRICAN IKE
Updates from the 10:30 am briefing
Bryan, TX The four-way partnership of the Community Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) is progressing with preparations for Hurricane Ikes impacts to the Brazos Valley.
As of now, forecasts show that residents of Brazos County should prepare for winds exceeding 100 mph on Saturday morning/afternoon and a 24-hour rainfall. Brian Hilton, College Station EOC Director, said, I am excited to see the partnership in action. It appears we have planned appropriately, and now we are asking area residents to do the same. This is the real deal, and people should be on alert.
Brazos County, City of Bryan, City of College Station and Texas A&M University are jointly planning for the hurricane. The following are the most recent updates:
Mass evacuations from throughout southern Texas continue to pour into the Mass Evacuation Reception Center (MERC) located at Veterans Park. No more volunteers are being requested at this time.
Easterwood Airport Air-Evac Reception Center is operating and is scheduled to accept aircraft at 4:00 pm with special needs evacuees.
Licensed medical volunteers are needed. Please sign-up at www.standingready.org for details on assignments and schedules.
Reed Arena, located on the campus of Texas A&M University, is operational and plans to host 500 special needs evacuees.
American Red Cross is opening shelters as needed; area churches have stepped up to the challenge.
Texas Baptist Men are operational and have started providing food service for the noon meal at the shelters.
Daily briefings are currently scheduled for 10:30 am, 4:30 pm, 9:30 pm.
City of Bryan Contact:
College Station Contact:
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