Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 Hurricane Season Information for Bay Area Residents

The Harris and Galveston County Offices of Emergency Management and Clear Channel Outdoor joined together to raise awareness of the coming hurricane season. The billboards were set to countdown to June 1st, which is the (calendar) start of hurricane season. The countdown ‘clock’ and website information was located on six billboards provided by Clear Channel Outdoor at no cost to the counties.

Hurricanes can be a major threat to the Houston-Galveston region when tropical storms form in the Gulf of Mexico. The 2016 Hurricane Season began early in January with Hurricane Alex, and the second storm formed in late May, Tropical Storm Bonnie which came onshore along the South Carolina coast. The list of names for the 2016 Hurricane Season is shown below.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) works closely with the State and local jurisdictions to aid in planning for the hurricane season and offers resources for residents. A page of Preparedness Resources can be found on the Council’s website. Residents can locate their local city office of emergency management on this page to keep up-to-date with their city’s announcements.

If a hurricane threat should mandate a need to evacuate, the 2016 evacuation map for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Matagorda can be found on H-GAC website. Hurricane tracking charts are available for free distribution from local newspapers, local television stations and online. There are also apps available for cell phones for residents to track storms and also to receive storm updates from the National Hurricane Center, which is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. New and old Bay Area residents should always be aware and prepared for the possibility of a threat from a tropical storm/hurricane; or, simply said in a quote from Stephen King:

"There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."
— Stephen King, Different Seasons

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By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC

Originally Posted on Brockway Realty LLC's Official Blog