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TxDOT Prepared for Hurricane Season
Contact: Danny Perez
Phone: (713) 802-5077
Date: May 30, 2014

Texans encouraged to prepare early and make a plan

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has made preparations for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues through November 30, and encourages everyone to have an emergency kit and make a plan.

Safety of the traveling public is a priority at TxDOT and the agency is committed to getting people out of harm's way, getting them home safely and providing assistance with cleanup and recovery. The agency has prepared facilities and equipment for quick mobilization and reviewed evacuation plans to be prepared to open, if necessary, evaculanes or to implement contraflow measures. Roadway Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) were tested and made ready to communicate emergency messages to travelers across the state, including frequent warnings to citizens in other parts of the state to not travel to the affected areas.

The time to get prepared and make evacuation plans is now. Start by reviewing our comprehensive hurricane preparedness information and hurricane evacuation maps available online at www.txdot.gov (keyword search “hurricane”) for an evacuation route for you and your family. Determine an evacuation route for you and your family and make a checklist of preparations to be made before an evacuation, particularly if you live in an evacuation zone. If you believe you will not be evacuating in the event of a hurricane, please prepare a survival kit. In addition to stocking up on bottled water, non-perishable food items, first aid kits and cash, TxDOT is encouraging coastal residents to keep their gas tanks full during hurricane season.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.