NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - American Red Cross staff said Tuesday the communication link between East Texas and American Red Cross headquarters in Houston picks up during extreme weather.
The daily phone conferences going on this week certainly have taken on a higher degree of urgency.
At the predicted hour the rain began to fall in Nacogdoches. The watch begins to see if creeks can go from this ... to this.
A flash flood watch issued Monday indicates that it's possible.
The American Red Cross is on high alert following conference calls from its Houston headquarters.
"Evolves around our philosophy that you plan, you prepare, you work as a team and you maintain good communication," said Scot Brawley, the disaster program manager for the American Red Cross' Deep East Texas Territory.
East Texas emergency managers have been contacted to make sure shelters are available should they be needed. Red Cross considers it good practice for the upcoming hurricane season.
"Absolutely, because a lot of the same stuff we're doing now are the same things we do in preparation for the oncoming hurricanes," Brawley said. "Practice makes perfect."
However, it is a goal Texas is far from reaching according to non-profit news agencies ProPublica and Texas Tribune. This week, an investigative team launched a new multimedia project using interactive scientific models. The conclusion is Houston and the region around the fourth largest city are unprepared for hurricane dangers.
"We do know after an El Nino year, like we've had this past year, it definitely increases the chances of hurricanes the following year," Brawley said. "I think historically that's proven."
There's scientific awareness a super storm will happen, but the protection along the Gulf Coast lags behind. Meanwhile, Red Cross will hold to its philosophy by encouraging residents to prepare for each and every storm as if it's the worse.
Meanwhile, East and Deep East Texas residents are advised to start preparations now for bad weather events.
The American Red Cross provides guidelines for preparing for severe weather.