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Houston/Galveston TX Department of Public Safety Actions - Captain Mulligan, Texas D.P.S. Houston/Galveston TX Department of Public Safety Actions - Captain Mulligan, Texas D.P.S. Presentation Transcript

  • Texas Department of Public Safety Region II Districts AC Hurricane Preparedness/Evacuation Fort Bend County
  • DDC
    • District Disaster Chairman
    • Responsible for receiving requests for state assistance from local governments or other state agencies responding to emergencies
    • Coordinate the state’s responding agencies within the District (36 State/Volunteer Org.)
    • If local assets are not available, forward requests to the State Operation Center (Austin)
    • Provide Direction & Control for state resources, federal & out-of-state resources dispatched to the District and monitor the use of the resource.
    • Prepare Operational Plans for the evacuation of geographical areas, coordinating with local governments to facilitate the flow of evacuees and emergency responders into the affected areas. This Plan is known as the Traffic management Plan (TMP)
  • Traffic Management Plan
    • PURPOSE
      • The primary purpose of the Traffic Management plan is to formally establish a coordinated strategy for the direction and control of evacuation traffic during times of emergencies.
      • The plan delineates the separation of routes from the coastal counties of Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda. The primary routes are IH 45, SH 6, and SH 146 for Galveston County; SH 288, SH 36, and SH 6 for Brazoria County and SH 60, SH71 for Matagorda County.
    • PURPOSE (continued)
    • The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Transportation, with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies, have identified major evacuation routes and choke points within the Disaster Districts. The Traffic Management Plan includes specific assignments for law enforcement control at designated locations.
    • The Plan seeks to improve traffic control and to promote an orderly movement of vehicles to the north, northwest, and west in a manner consistent with local evacuation plans already in existence.
    Traffic Management Plan
  • Brazoria/Galveston/Matagorda Area Evacuation Zones by Hurricane Category
  • Hurricane Timeframe
    • The following is a BASIC timeline to major events in the order that they should occur in preparation for an approaching hurricane. The timeline is a guide, but due to the fact that most hurricanes do not follow timelines, it can be modified at some key areas for a rapidly developing storm.
    • H-hour – is when the outer bands of gale force winds will strike the coast.
  • Evacuation Timeline
    • H-120 SOC begins monitoring-Weather service coordination, Fuel Groups, Texas Military Forces, Shelter HUBs availability checked, Contracts for buses, ice, water, vendors, ambulances alerted
    • H-96 Bus contracts activated, TEA alerted-sheltering, Special Needs identified,/update 211, Status of Special Needs (medical) shelters, PSAs to media, designation of areas for response teams, Evacuation routes checked, Staging of Fuel Trucks/Fuel Plan begins (Tully Stadium),
    • H-84 Shelter HUBs notified
    • H-72 Shelter availability from HUBs (San Antonio, Austin)
    • Kelly USA Operation commences operation
  • Evacuation Timeline-continued
    • Bus/Ambulance assembly areas commence
    • Evacuation Routes readied for TFLs, supplies for Medical-Special Needs positioned
    • Supplies to support Special Needs evacuation positioned
    • H-60 Special Needs Evacuation begins
    • Highway Patrol-Additional personnel to support general evacuation or contra-flow are requested (300 additional Troopers)
    • H-48 Final Preparations for General Population Evacuation-Fuel movements made, tankers positioned, water pre-positioned, comfort stations set up/supplied,
    • Contra-flow decision made
    • H-40-Contra-flow personnel/equipment in place if needed, timing is flexible depending on projected landfall
    • H-36-Coastal evacuation is underway, support services in place, TxDot hero vehicles in operation, comfort stations open, Re-entry teams/equipment pre-positioned. Confirmation on schools in strike-zones closed, PSAs giving instructions on evacuation, donations, and storm status
    • H-24-Clear evacuated areas of stranded citizens, All CARE facilities in strike zone evacuated, Continue to monitor evacuation routes
    Evacuation Timeline-continued
  • Evacuation Timeline-continued
    • H-12-Continue to monitor evacuation routes, project end time of traffic movement
    • H-0-All personnel/equipment in safe areas for landfall
    • Presidential Disaster Declaration submitted.
    • The preceding is a brief synopsis of an extensive amount of preparation and actions taken prior to the landfall of a major hurricane. The purpose of this is to give the viewer a sense of the preparation that is needed and has been done to have a successful evacuation in the event of a major hurricane.
  • Key Points
    • Who evacuates? Those in low lying areas where storm surge is expected. Varies greatly by storm strength. Housing that can not stand up to hurricane force winds
    • Persons with Special Needs, who can be affected by power outages.
    • Fort Bend County lies within 100 miles of the coast, therefore it is a pass-through County. This means there is no major shelters for evacuating citizens from the coast. So during a coastal evacuation our focus is on the movement of evacuees quickly as possible through the area. Keeping roadways clear, provide assistance where needed to facilitate the movement.
  • Key Points
    • Evacuating traffic does not move at regular speeds. Expect speeds on most of the routes to be in the 20-30 mph range on State Highways.
    • Gasoline will be available along the designated routes, along with law enforcement, courtesy patrols, comfort stations
    • If you are evacuating make sure you take several days worth of water/food/supplies/and any prescription medicines you need.
    • When a hurricane is in the gulf, maintain awareness, keep your vehicle full of fuel
  • Contra-flow
    • When will contra-flow happen? When conditions merit the immediate evacuation of a strike area or the intensity of the hurricane high. As IKE demonstrated, it can be a low intensity hurricane, but due to its’ extreme size can produce a very high storm surge. Strike location will also be a major factor. Decision time will be around 48 hours prior to landfall.
    • When contra-flow is put into action, there will be disruption of traffic on some roadways. For instance-during contra-flow, SH36 at Sealy will be directed onto IH10 Westbound. Accept for Special Needs transports, traffic will not be allowed to travel North on SH36 through town.
    • When the regular highway system can handle the traffic load, contra-flow will end. There is no plan to contra-flow US59 South of Houston.
  • Contra-flow
    • Contra-flow is very disruptive to normal traffic flows, makes it difficult to bring equipment, vehicles and supplies to the affected area. It is extremely manpower intensive using manpower from local agencies, Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Transportation, etc. for up to 36 hours. Those agencies involved are still expected to perform their normal duties at the same time. Therefore the decision to enact contra-flow must be balanced over the gains and loses in the areas affected.
  • Contact Information
    • Patrick Mulligan, Captain
    • Highway Patrol
    • Conroe/Houston