Local authorities advise early hurricane preparations

Posted at 8:22 AM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 09:22:09-04

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting an above-average 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

KRIS 6 News reporter Emily Hamilton spoke with local authorities about what South Texans should prepare for.

"People sometimes get a little too comfortable, just because one hasn’t taken place yet. Now that we’ve had Hurricane Harvey hit, I think that’s going to be more of an alarm that we’re in Hurricane season, and it could’ve been even worse in Corpus Christi," Sgt. Nathan Brandley said.

With much of the South Texas population still recovering from the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey, Sgt. Brandley said ultimately, preparation is key.

"The biggest thing people just need to always remember in case of a Tropical Storm that could lead into a Hurricane is just have plenty of extra water and snacks ready to go in a go bag," Sgt. Brandley said.

City and state departments have since evaluated hurricane procedures and decided what was executed well, and what could be improved in the future. Regular evacuation drills are performed by state agencies to ensure safety in the event of a storm.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st, and will continue until November 30th.