May 29, 2018

Hurricane Preparedness 2018 - June 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Station

Ready or not, it’s time to get ready.  With hurricane season upon us once again, the City of Bellaire will host a special preparedness presentation and all are encouraged to attend.  Beyond readiness tips and resources for homeowners and families, we’ll share with you what the City does to prepare and introduce the professionals dedicated to keeping us safe.

The program will begin with an open house featuring a variety of informational booths and tours of the Emergency Operations Center.  Representatives from several departments—including Police, Fire, Public Works and Development Services—will be on hand to discuss the services they provide before, during and after extreme weather events, and to answer any questions you may have.  City staff will be available to assist residents with signing up to receive emergency notifications and with special needs registrations.

The formal presentation will begin around 6:00, with an overview of steps you can take to secure your property and for the protection of people and pets.  We’ll talk about our communications systems and the various methods the City uses to keep you informed, as well as what you should expect in the event you need to contact the City in an emergency situation.  For example, how we prioritize and respond to calls for rescue.

Just as we all need to be making our own individual arrangements, first responders and other city personnel are constantly planning ahead to ensure their operational readiness for whatever may come our way.  We’ll go over how they train and prepare throughout the year, and what they do when a storm is approaching to gear up facilities and mobilize people, equipment and other resources where they may be needed.  We’re applying some lessons learned in Hurricane Harvey and will discuss those with you as well.

We can only hope this hurricane season won’t be like the last, but that hope won’t keep the storms away.  While we can’t control what Mother Nature throws at us, we can control how well prepared we are, and that starts with good information.  We look forward to seeing you at the Fire Station on June 18, and to working together in making sure Bellaire is ready.