Hurricane Ike 2008
 Galveston I l d
 Gl         Island
Brandon Wade, P.E.
  Deputy City Manager
   City of Galveston
Galveston Surge
• Behind Seawall
  – 12 to 13 ft. Surge


• West End
  – 10 to 12 ft. Surge


• Entire Island Affected
  –...
LL1a: Be Prepared at Work !
              • THIS MONTH !
                 – Identify what your “risks”
                   ...
LL1a: More Prepared
          • Have a Response
            and Recovery Plan
          • Discuss it ! And
            aga...
LL1b: Be Prepared at Home !
              • Have a Personal Plan
                –   Family, dogs, cats
                – ...
LL 2: Be Vigilant
As I was leaving my house
                    house…
It was a rough commute
    Friday
    F id morning…
                i
And it got worse
           worse…
LL 3: Protect your Assets !
              • Protecting against
                – Wind and Rain
                – Storm Sur...
Damage to Infrastructure
• 100% System Failure
        y

• New Infrastructure
   – Simple Restart
   – Performed as desig...
Damage to Businesses
• Flooded, Mud Damaged,
  Inventory Destroyed
• Only 35% in Operation
Damage to Homes
• 75% Heavily Flooded, Possessions Destroyed
• City-wide Housing Need             $735 M
• Public Housing ...
Damage to Tax/Rate Base
       Ability Recover
       Abili to R
•   Well Prepared—Reserves, Loans
            p          ...
Hollywood Heights
S l di / 61stt S
Saladia        Street A
                      Area
Cohen Subdivision
West End Damage
LL 4: Worst Nightmares
    Can Come T
    CC         True
           • Adapt your designs to
             fit your Risk
  ...
Bermuda Beach
LL 5: Don’t Expect Immediate Help
      Don t
LL 6: Debris is a
Whole Different B ll
Wh l Diff       Ballgame

            • YOU need a debris
              specialists...
Galveston Debris
• 1.2 Million Cubic Yards to
  Feb. 12
  F b 12, ’09

• 1.8 Million Pounds of
  Household Hazardous
  Was...
LL 7: There are Other Agencies
        Besides Yours
        B id Y
                 • Texas Department
                  ...
LL 8: Don’t Expect FEMA Rules to
           Make Sense
           Mk S


                • FEMA has rules
                ...
LL 9: Systems are Integrated
              • When you have 100%
                      y
                system failure
   ...
LL 10: Citizens Clean Up
        Sort f
        S of…
            It gets p
               g    pushed to the City
       ...
The Biggest Lesson Learned
• SAFETY

 – Prepare your people for:
   • Response to the storm
   • The long haul
   • The un...
It s marathon,
It’s a marathon not a sprint
                      sprint…
Finally…
Never spend the night on a pier
         during Ike
2009-02-17 Seminar - Hurricane Ike   Galveston Lessons Learned
2009-02-17 Seminar - Hurricane Ike   Galveston Lessons Learned
2009-02-17 Seminar - Hurricane Ike   Galveston Lessons Learned
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Brandon Wade, PE, Deputy City Manager for City of Galveston, discusses the importance of a community to be prepared for a disaster at work, at home, protectiing your assets as well as damage to tax/rate base ability to recover, impacts of debris to a community, lessons learned and more.

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2009-02-17 Seminar - Hurricane Ike Galveston Lessons Learned

  1. 1. Hurricane Ike 2008 Galveston I l d Gl Island
  2. 2. Brandon Wade, P.E. Deputy City Manager City of Galveston
  3. 3. Galveston Surge • Behind Seawall – 12 to 13 ft. Surge • West End – 10 to 12 ft. Surge • Entire Island Affected – 90% Heavily Damaged
  4. 4. LL1a: Be Prepared at Work ! • THIS MONTH ! – Identify what your “risks” are (Hurricanes and Storm Surge for Galveston) – Identify what you can do to mitigate those risks (Design / Const. of Hardened Utility Systems) • Before summer – Communicate to Stakeholders. – Prioritize • For next budget – Get the $$$$ – Build it !! • REPEAT until you Retire
  5. 5. LL1a: More Prepared • Have a Response and Recovery Plan • Discuss it ! And again ! • Prepare y p your staff for what they might face. • Prepare for contingencies when your plan fails.
  6. 6. LL1b: Be Prepared at Home ! • Have a Personal Plan – Family, dogs, cats – Spouse, home p – Insurance, photos, etc. – CASH ! FUEL ! • Encourage Employee Planning Pl i – Same as above – Discuss Risk Situation
  7. 7. LL 2: Be Vigilant
  8. 8. As I was leaving my house house…
  9. 9. It was a rough commute Friday F id morning… i
  10. 10. And it got worse worse…
  11. 11. LL 3: Protect your Assets ! • Protecting against – Wind and Rain – Storm Surge g – Fatigue • Based on Risk – San Luis Hotel – Moody Gardens – UTMB • Develop your plan.
  12. 12. Damage to Infrastructure • 100% System Failure y • New Infrastructure – Simple Restart – Performed as designed – CIP “on-hold”—Funding • Old Infrastructure – Major Failure – Latent Damage • $970 Million Estimate $
  13. 13. Damage to Businesses • Flooded, Mud Damaged, Inventory Destroyed • Only 35% in Operation
  14. 14. Damage to Homes • 75% Heavily Flooded, Possessions Destroyed • City-wide Housing Need $735 M • Public Housing Need $250 M
  15. 15. Damage to Tax/Rate Base Ability Recover Abili to R • Well Prepared—Reserves, Loans p , • Taking Action—Hiring Freeze, Pay cuts, Budget Reduction $15 M, Possible Layoffs • Property Tax down 35%, Water and Sewer down 40%
  16. 16. Hollywood Heights S l di / 61stt S Saladia Street A Area
  17. 17. Cohen Subdivision
  18. 18. West End Damage
  19. 19. LL 4: Worst Nightmares Can Come T CC True • Adapt your designs to fit your Risk – Different Roadway Layout? – Higher Lift Station Control Panels? – Different Sewer ( (Grinder Pumps?) p) – Different Backup Drive Fuel / Generators?
  20. 20. Bermuda Beach
  21. 21. LL 5: Don’t Expect Immediate Help Don t
  22. 22. LL 6: Debris is a Whole Different B ll Wh l Diff Ballgame • YOU need a debris specialists ( two, or p (or , three) – Separate Rules – The Rules are… Inconvenient – Debris Affects EVERYTHING
  23. 23. Galveston Debris • 1.2 Million Cubic Yards to Feb. 12 F b 12, ’09 • 1.8 Million Pounds of Household Hazardous Waste • 53,000 White Goods • 7 200 Televisions/etc. 7,200 Televisions/etc • $43+ Million so far.
  24. 24. LL 7: There are Other Agencies Besides Yours B id Y • Texas Department p of Transportation • Texas General Land Office L d Offi • Galveston County •TTexas Historic Hi t i Commission • FEMA • FHwA • Others
  25. 25. LL 8: Don’t Expect FEMA Rules to Make Sense Mk S • FEMA has rules • They are serious about them • You need help • There are FEMA specialists • Hire one
  26. 26. LL 9: Systems are Integrated • When you have 100% y system failure – You have no water pressure • It’s Hard to fight a fire with no water • The Fire Department needs to understand that…Plan for it.
  27. 27. LL 10: Citizens Clean Up Sort f S of… It gets p g pushed to the City y • Citizens don’t understand FEMA rules… • Citizens don’t understand your resource constraints • If not cleaned…you need a Debris Specialist… • If cleaned…you need a Debris Specialist…
  28. 28. The Biggest Lesson Learned • SAFETY – Prepare your people for: • Response to the storm • The long haul • The unexpected – You can never prepare too much – You can never harp too much on it – Start today
  29. 29. It s marathon, It’s a marathon not a sprint sprint…
  30. 30. Finally… Never spend the night on a pier during Ike
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