June 9, 2016

Interim Update: June 2016

Rep. Faircloth and DPS Urges Texans to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Rep. Faircloth and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding residents that hurricane season began June 1 and will continue through Nov. 30.  In addition, Rep. Faircloth and DPS are urging residents to not delay in developing their emergency plans in advance of possible hurricanes or tropical storms. 

"Many of our communities have already been impacted by severe weather events this year," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  "As we enter the 2016 hurricane season, I urge residents to start preparing now for these possible storms - if they have not done so yet - and to make it a practice to monitor weather conditions and to heed directives from their local officials."

"It is critical that Texans have an established hurricane plan and emergency kit in place before a hurricane or tropical storm ever forms or enters the Gulf of Mexico," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Advance preparation is a critical game-changer in helping protect lives and property, and we urge residents to remind their family, friends and neighbors of this life-saving step."

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. It is possible for a storm to severely impact our state, even prior to or without making direct landfall in Texas. Additionally, the rainbands associated with a tropical system have an extremely wide reach, so monitoring changing weather conditions during hurricane season is critically important for all Texans.  

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines, and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour (or higher). In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create dangerous coastal water conditions including storm surges along the coast, and they cause extensive damage from flooding.

Here are several measures Rep. Faircloth encourages residents to do now to prepare for potential storms:

  • Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
  • Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
  • Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
  • Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
  • Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.

If you or someone you know might need assistance during a disaster, please register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), a free registry that provides local emergency planners and responders with additional information about needs in their communities. To register, contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state's free 24-hour helpline. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 for community resources.

For more ways to prepare for the 2016 hurricane season, please visit: www.texasprepares.org.

2017 State Water Plan

The Texas Water Development Board voted to adopt the 2017 State Water Plan May 19, 2016.

2016 Chambers County Hurricane Conference

On June 2nd, Rep. Faircloth gave a legislative update and discussed current studies and projects being done to implement a coastal barrier system along the coast at the 2016 Chambers County Judge Sylvia Hurricane Conference.

 

2016 Galveston County Transportation Summit

Transportation infrastructure is the conduit through which communities are developed and economic prosperity flows.

This will be the first (to be scheduled annually) Galveston County Transportation Summit. This is possible with the help of a large number of organizations across the region including the BAYTRAN, BAHEP, GEDP and our chambers of commerce. Please "Save September 1, 2016" and engage others to come and learn more about the transportation needs and opportunities across Galveston County.

Over the next decade well over $500 million dollars is planned to be invested in expanded and improved transportation infrastructure in the Galveston County region thanks to many visionary leaders.  In order for the county to maximize the benefit of this public investment in terms of economic and community development it is critical that everyone is engaged and knowledgeable about these planning and decision processes as well as specific projects that are planned or under construction. The Galveston County Transportation Summit is designed to provide this important information and enhance engagement in these projects.

Please contact Zach Davidson for more information or if you have any questions. 

Zach Davidson
Coordinator of Research and Communication
Galveston County Economic Development
Phone: 409-770-5471
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2016 Babe's Beach Dedication

Representative Wayne Faircloth honoring Former Senator Babe Schwartz for all he did for Texas Beaches at the newly named Babe's Beach on Galveston Island.