What an interesting time. In the midst of dealing with a Pandemic we then experienced a Category 4 Hurricane bearing down on us. The management of the Hurricane set off a chain of events that this City has not had to deal with in twelve years.
The City immediately activated their Emergency Management Plan which began with Emergency Meetings of Administrative and Operational Staff, Infrastructure Preparation, and the Cancelling of all Leave for Employees.
As Hurricane Laura became a serious threat to the safety of our community a mandatory evacuation of the Island was ordered. This set off additional protocol culminating with having the Texas Department of Emergency Management evacuating hundreds of individuals that required assistance, to safe housing in Austin.
Staff and most of the City’s vehicles were moved to the Command Center at the San Luis Hotel, where the City was prepared for whatever the Storm would bring. City Crews were out Wednesday night and poised to manage any clean up that was needed.
We were fortunate that Laura passed us by and it was one heck of a way to test out our Hurricane Response Plan, but it showed the City is prepared for the next Storm.
Currently meetings are being held to determine the lessons learned from our response and what we can do differently to make the process more efficient.
What makes this whole experience so alarming is this is not a one time event. With Climate Change these storms may very well become more frequent and more intense. Hopefully not, but evacuations could become routine as we enter the Hurricane Season each year.
I realize that these Storms and the resultant preparations are quite a disruption to all our lives and I would like to personally thank you for your cooperation. Your actions, that prepared you and your family to weather the Storm safely, assisted the City in allowing us to concentrate on those activities that are geared to Hurricane Management.
Have an Uneventful September !
August has been hectic but when it comes to City Council, Wharves Board and Park Board Meetings, Hurricane Laura pretty well cancelled out most of their meetings. Because of this I have a very abbreviated Newsletter this month and instead would like to highlight what to look forward to in the month of September.
City Council: September 10th and 17th - 2021 Budget Finalization, Interviews and Appointments to various Boards and Commissions, Police Policy Changes, Consideration and Action concerning the Wharves Board Resolution addressing actions of a Trustee.
Wharves Board: September 1st - Consideration of the Port contributing to the funding of a new Bridge to Pelican Island.
Park Board: September 2nd - 2021 Budget finalization
Industrial Development Corporation ( IDC ): September 15th - Business Assistance Programs and Funding of the Pelican Island Bridge.
With all the turbulence happening in the Gulf and the traumatic effects of the Corona Virus we must remember that we have an election this November 3rd.
My Campaign Committee is back to full strength and we are so grateful for the thousands of messages of support from the Citizens of Galveston. It is time for all of us to come together to restore and rebuild the Quality of Life for our residents and the prosperous tourist economy that is responsible for so many of our jobs. I am asking each of you to join my campaign in what ever way you can. Please visit my Website and follow me on Facebook to contribute, request a yard sign, get a bumper sticker or sign up to volunteer. Early voting begins October 13th.