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Corpus Christi is preparing hurricane evacuation for those without reliable transportation. David Silva Ramirez and Courtney M Sacco, Wochit
In the midst of hurricane season, state and local agencies are preparing for the worst. Evacuation drills have commenced throughout Corpus Christi, including an airlift drill on June 12 and a bus evacuation exercise Friday.
When it comes to hurricane season, personal preparation is also key. But what should you do once hurricane landfall is imminent?
This guide covers some of the most pressing questions you may have during this natural disaster.
What’s my primary source of information?
You can get information about the status of a nearby storm through various means. Television, radio stations and official city social media accounts will all announce hurricane watches, hurricane warning and mandatory evacuations. The ReverseAlert System provides information via home, phone, email, text and more.
How quickly should I leave?
If a hurricane watch or warning is issued in your area, it’s important to be prepared to leave. Hurricane watches are issued first. Consider leaving when a warning is issued, as a hurricane is expected to make landfall within 36 hours. If a mandatory evacuation is put in effect, it’s important to leave immediately.
It’s time to leave, what should I take with me?
It’s recommended that you take seven days worth of food and water. It’s important to carry cash, means of identification, extra clothing and blankets. If you have a baby, take extra baby food, pacifiers and diapers. If you have pets, take them with you, along with leashes, food and vaccination documents.
How far do I need to go?
There’s no specific answer. City-led airlift and public transportation evacuations go as far as San Antonio. Continue listening to city officials to find out where the safest places are. An evacuation road map can be found here.
What if I don’t have a car?
The city of Corpus Christi provides free transportation out of the city during a hurricane that takes you as far as San Antonio. Simply go to any RTA bus stop.
What if I have a family member or friend at a hospital or senior center?
Hospitals and senior centers pair with the national guard and other agencies to take immobile residents to safety via airlift.
What other places are there for me to go?
If you have no other options, go to a nearby police station, fire station or airport and ask for help.
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