SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE – HURRICANE LAURA
Updated – Wednesday Aug. 26 @ 11:55 am
In response to Hurricane Laura and its projected landfall, Mayor Bob Higley signed a Disaster Declaration and the City has activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Level 1.
The following is an update on Hurricane Laura and impacts on City provided services.
PROJECTED LANDFALL & STRENGTH:
Laura is expected to make landfall tonight somewhere between the Bolivar Peninsula and Cameron Parish, LA tonight as a major category 3 or 4 hurricane.
CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE AT 2 PM TODAY (Wed. 8/26):
All city facilities will be closed at 2 pm today, except for the lobby to the Police Department will remain open until tonight when the exterior door will be secured.
SUSPENDED CITY SERVICES – THURSDAY (8/27) AND POSSIBLY FRIDAY (8/28):
The following services will be suspended on Thursday (8/27) and possibly on Friday (8/28) depending on the severity of the storm:
- Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste – Resident should not place any items curbside for collection.
- Recreational facilities (pools & recreation center - CLOSED Starting Wednesday)
- All Non-Essential Services
- City Offices Closed
- Parked Vehicles – vehicles should not be parked in the street on Wednesday night and Thursday to aid with cleanup needed, as well as, emergency vehicle access. Additionally,
PROJECT PATH FOR HURRICANE LAURA:
BE READY TO SHELTER IN PLACE
West University Place is not part of an evacuation zone but residents should prepare for possible power outages, heavy rain and the possibility of tropical storm force winds on Thursday.
SECURE YOUR HOME
- Be prepared for power to go out due to high winds.
- Have extra batteries, flashlights and a NOAA Weather Radio.
- Charge devices and have backup batteries, if possible.
- If using a generator:
- NEVER use indoors or within 10 feet of your home.
- Fuel up before the storm hits.
- Bring loose objects such as patio furniture and toys indoors.
- Move cars into garage or location higher than street level.
- Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
- Fuel Vehicles
PREPARE YOUR FAMILY
- Check your emergency supplies.
- Have important documents in a waterproof bag (ID, driver’s license, copy of mortgage or lease agreement, birth certificates, social security cards, work visas, etc.).
- Ensure you have enough food, water (1 gallon per person, per day) and medication for each family member for up to 7 days.
- Remember to include items for seniors, babies and medically fragile family members.
- Take precautions to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
- Have face coverings for each family member.
- Bring disinfectant and hand sanitizer.
- Be prepared to self-isolate if a member of your family becomes ill.
- Bring pets indoors.
- Have enough food and water (1 gallon per pet per day) for 7 days.
- Have recent photo of you and your pet in case you get separated.
- Make sure all pets have a collar and ID on.
- Let family and friends know where you are planning to stay.
- Stay off roadways and remain indoors.