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2013 Hurricane Season. Nueces County Office of Emergency Management. Overview. Storm History and Season Outlook Evacuation Authority & Decision Considerations Evacuation Orders, Zones & Routes Reentry Personal Preparedness Stay informed!. Texas Storm History. Major Hurricanes. Ike.

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2013 hurricane season
2013 Hurricane Season

Nueces County Office of Emergency Management

  • Storm History and Season Outlook
  • Evacuation Authority & Decision Considerations
  • Evacuation Orders, Zones & Routes
  • Reentry
  • Personal Preparedness
  • Stay informed!
texas storm history
Texas Storm History

Major Hurricanes



Total of 22 Hurricanes dating back to 1851

One every 8-9 years

texas storm history1
Texas Storm History





False Sense

of Security?


5 Major Hurricanes in last 41 years

One every 7.5 years


2/3rd of Activity Occurs During this Time!

1/3rd of Activity Occurs During this Time

2nd Hurricane Typically forms around August 21st

2013 hurricane outlook
2013 Hurricane Outlook
  • Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season.
  • A continuation of the atmospheric climate pattern, which includes a strong west African monsoon, that is responsible for the ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995
  • Warmer-than-average water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea
  • El Niño is not expected to develop and suppress tropical formation in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
where will storms strike
Where will storms strike?

NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook is NOT a hurricane landfall forecast; it does not predict how many storms will hit land or where a storm will strike








important nhc phrases
Important NHC Phrases
  • Hurricane Watch issuance times extended to 48 Hours
  • Hurricane Warning issuance times extended to 36 Hours
do you have a plan for these phases
Do you have a PLAN for these phases?
  • Preparations prior to the Hurricane Season.
  • When a tropical storm or hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico.
  • When there is a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch hoisted for South Texas.
  • When there is Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning hoisted for South Texas.
evacuation authority
Evacuation Authority
  • The County Judge or the Mayor may order the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area under the jurisdiction of the official if the action is necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response, or recovery.
  • The County Judge or the Mayor may control ingress to and egress from a disaster area under the jurisdiction and authority of the local official and control the movement of persons and the occupancy of premises in that area.
  • The jurisdiction and authority of the County Judge includes the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county; and to the extent of a conflict between decisions of the County Judge and the Mayor, the decision of the County Judge prevails.
storm threat analysis
Storm Threat Analysis
  • Storm Intensity
  • Storm Size
  • Forward Motion
  • Cone of Error
  • Forecast Confidence
  • Anticipated Storm Surge Inundation
  • Decision Timing
  • Behavior Assumptions
  • Occupancy
  • Availability of Resources
clearance times many considerations
Clearance TimesMany considerations…
  • Standard Scenario
  • Worst Case Scenario
  • Evacu Lane
  • Contraflow
  • Rapid Response
  • Medium Response
  • Long Response
  • High Occupancy
  • Low Occupancy
evacuation orders
Evacuation Orders
  • Evacuation orders will be phased starting with the most at-risk areas first (Zone A- Island)
  • These orders will be coordinated between the evacuating City and the County to alleviate confusion with the public.
  • Each “order” will define who needs to leave and when.
  • There is a coordinated countywide effort to assist those that cannot self evacuate.
    • Any RTA bus stop throughout the County will get you to the appropriate evacuation hub.
  • To provide uniform guidance for personnel who may require early reentry prior to the retraction of the local evacuation order.
  • To promote and facilitate the timely reentry of essential personnel to speed the recovery of affected jurisdictions within Nueces County and its economy.
  • A key component of continuity of government…deliberate plans to ensure the continuation of essential functions through a wide range of incidents and requires a collaborated and concerted effort to coordinate… agencies that provide critical services to assist first responders in the execution of their duties and those in direct support of critical infrastructure/key resources.
general approach
General Approach
  • Guidance for required agency credentials & proof of residency
  • Four Tiers
    • Tier 1- Traditional First Responders
    • Tier 2- Mass Care & Damage Assessment
    • Tier 3- Restoration of Essential Services
    • Tier 4- Business Owners & Residents
  • Issuance of Reentry Letters
  • Procedure for Evacuation Exemption
who gets a letter
Who gets a letter?
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Tier 2 Personnel

** Letters will only be issued on a standardized letterhead that has been mutually agreed upon **

evacuation exemption
Evacuation Exemption
  • Organizations approved for exemption may include essential government personnel, first responders and limited private organizations in direct support of critical infrastructure/key resources.
  • The organizations are considered self sufficient and remain at their own risk.
  • Approval by Emergency Management Director on a case-by-case basis.
required agency credentials
Required Agency Credentials

All personnel working in the impact area shall carry proper credentials and identification on their person at all times.

  • State recognized identification card
  • Agency identification with photo.
  • Tier 2 Level Essential Personnel Authorization Letter and/or company designation letter detailing the employee essential function and to the extent possible defining the geographic area where work is to be performed.
proof of residency
Proof of Residency

Proper identification for resident access should include one or more of the following:

  • current state issued driver’s license or identification card
  • utility bill
  • mortgage deed
  • property tax documents
  • or any governmental document which includes an address or other means that identifies the location of their property.
requesting tier 2 authorization and or evacuation exemption www co nueces tx us emergency
Requesting Tier 2 Authorization and/or Evacuation Exemptionwww.co.nueces.tx.us/emergency
  • County Reentry Plan
  • Quick Reference Pages
  • 2013 Request Form
personal preparedness
Personal Preparedness

Benefits of Being Prepared

  • Helps reduce fear and anxiety
  • Helps reduce the impact of disasters
  • Communities, families and individuals know what to do to survive & recover
consider what could happen in your
Consider what could happen in your…

Think about:



Potential Impact

  • House?
  • Workplace?
  • School?
  • Neighborhood?
  • City?
  • County?
  • Region?
  • During travel?
building a family disaster plan
Building a Family Disaster Plan
  • Knowing the protective measures for specific hazards
  • Recognizing warning systems and signals
  • Evacuating from a disaster area
  • Incorporating community, school and other plans
  • Identifying escape routes
building a family disaster plan1
Building a Family Disaster Plan
  • Completing a family communications plan
  • Shutting off utilities
  • Obtaining appropriate insurance
  • Preparing for special needs
  • Caring for animals
  • Learning/refreshing safety skills
disaster supplies kit
Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Food & Water (1 gallon of water per person per day!)
  • First Aid, Medication & Hygiene
  • Communications & Lighting
  • Transportation & Document Bag Items
  • Home Safety, Comfort Items, Pet Supplies
  • Special Considerations
    • Power loss, medical needs, post disaster hazards
recovery considerations
Recovery Considerations
  • Returning Home: Is it still there, where you left it? Structural/water damage?
  • Aiding the injured of displaced
  • Health issues- sanitation & stress
  • Safety issues
  • Emotional
transportation assistance registry
Transportation Assistance Registry
  • 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is the information resource before, during and after a disaster.
  • People who will require transportation assistance during an evacuation are urged to call 2-1-1 as soon as possible and sign up with the Transportation Assistance Registry
emergency notification systems
Emergency Notification Systems
  • 826-INFO (4636) 
  • Reverse Alert
  • Social Media
  • Nixle (Text “YES” to 888777)
  • Dialogic (reverse 911)
  • KLUX 89.5 FM. 
  • NOAA Alert Radio
  • Emergency Alert System
official sources of county info
Official Sources of County Info


Facebook: NuecesOEM

Twitter: NuecesOEM


danielle hale

Danielle Hale

Emergency Management Coordinator

Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal

901 Leopard St. #303

Corpus Christi, TX 78401