Refugio County is hurricane ready

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

As hurricane season approaches, Refugio Emergency Management Director Stan Upton said county officials are in full preparation mode.

"There are no changes from last year, except that the state is handing over more responsibility to the counties," Upton said.

Refugio and surrounding counties are working together to make sure the evacuation routes are clear and charted, the equipment in the emergency center is updated and fuel tanks are topped off and ready to go.

"Every one of us is in the same boat, and we're all mirroring each other," Upton said, discussing the proactivity of surrounding counties.

The last time Refugio was forced to evacuate was in 2008 during Hurricane Ike.

In the event of a hurricane this year, Upton said there are state and school buses available to transport people out of the area if necessary.

"We're as ready as we can be," he said.



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