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Area prepared for Gustav
Houston County Courier - August 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Emergency management personnel have been working since Wednesday preparing for the potential effects that Gustav may have on Houston County.
According to Houston County Emergency Management Coordinator David Lamb, evacuees from the coast will be sent north to Dallas and shelters will back-fill from there.
"We are not a sheltering county," Lamb said adding that if the shelters between here and Dallas fill then authorities would evaluate the necessity of opening the two designated shelters in the area, First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church.
Lamb said residents should prepare as they would for any storm and recommended that people have a 3-4 day supply of non-perishable food, water, batteries, medications for both family members and pets, and a weather or battery operated radio.
Lamb said all local emergency services were in contact with his office and prepared for the possible effects of the storm that is expected to make landfall on Tuesday.
Television newscasts suggested that East Texas could see an influx of as many as 40,000 people evacuating the Gulf Coast.