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Refugio EMC ready for new hurricane season

By JR Ortega
May 26, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.

Emergency officials try to predict the path of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

REFUGIO - It seems like last hurricane season had just wrapped up and already Stan Upton is ready to hit the ground running for this year's season.

Upton, who use to be in law enforcement outside of Refugio, has been the county's emergency management coordinator for the past four years.

The office, located at the Refugio County courthouse, follows with state guidelines and models its hurricane plans after Victoria County's, Upton said.

"We're all on the same sheet of music," Upton said. "We all work together."

Nothing is new at the center, but Upton did say the center would focus more on special needs folks.

"We need to find out where they are leaving and how many people are going to need our assistance," Upton said.

The county prepares 120 hours before any possible landfall along the Gulf Coast, Upton said.



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