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02/21/06 - Lufkin

Task Force Completes Hurricane Evacuation Report

by Ramonica R. Jones

The Task Force on Evacuation, Transportation, and Logistics has held several public hearings across the state. In its final report, the group made five specific recommendations to improve the evacuation process on the Texas coast.

Member, Trey Henderson, said, "Public awareness needs to be part of the overall plan. There's also those with special needs - we need to make sure we focus on that area. Command and control - who's going to be in charge? And then of course, fuel availability."

Since the next hurricane season is almost here, the recommendations will be implemented as soon as possible. Not all the changes will happen in time, but Governor Perry will meet with state leaders and local agencies to start planning for the next disaster.

"We talked to those along the coastline. We talked to those inland. Obviously, Lufkin and Angelina County, and Nacogdoches were affected by the influx of those that were evacuated, so you have to take all of these areas into consideration."

One of the most time-consuming recommendations is to have a statewide database of evacuees with special needs and making sure both licensed and unlicensed nursing homes have up-to-date evacuation plans.

If you still need have post-storm needs, you have one more opportunity to meet directly with FEMA. Representatives will meet with you from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m February 28th at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center on North Street in Nacogdoches.

For a complete copy of the task force's report, go to www.governor.state.tx.us.

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