POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
Hurricane season is now here, and officials on South Padre Island are preparing for what could be an active hurricane season.
South Padre Island is gearing up in case a hurricane makes landfall this season.
Last July, Hurricane Dolly did plenty of damage.
This years, Emergency Management Leaders say, they're ready if another Dolly-like storm strikes South Padre.
"We learned lessons, and we think we are better prepared today, then we were last year."
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Cameron County, Charles Hoskins says, this hurricane season they have a new reverse 911 plan, ready to go.
"Instead of people calling in, when we recognize that something's going on, it's a great way to send messages out over the telephone, to contact people, and tell them, they need to evacuate."
SPI resident, Mark Price moved to the Island in November.
He says, he fortunately missed Dolly.
Tonight, he took notes, so he knows, what to expect.
Emergency Management leaders say it's never too early to start stocking up on canned goods, batteries, your supplies, at your local grocery store, the stores are open now, once a hurricane hits, that'll change."
SPI resident, Dr. Joe McCormick says, "We can have a hurricane here in two weeks, and we don't start thinking about it now, then we'll be undoubtedly behind the curve if we do get a hurricane."
At tonight's meeting leaders told residents they should start looking for a safe and dry place to go if a hurricane hits.
"Find a place like San Antonio or Fort Worth, where they won't be a strong surge or wind."
More advice they gave, If a hurricane is coming, do not stay on the island.
Make sure to buy food and water, don't forget your medicications, fill up your car with gas, and learn how to shut your utilities off.
Officials say, there's no need for anyone to panic, it's all about preparation.