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Disaster and Hurricane Preparedness Workshop - Rosenberg
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8/10/2018
When: Friday, August 10
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Where: Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex
4520 Reading Rd
Rosenberg, Texas  77471
United States


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Disaster and Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

Approved for four TCEQ water and wastewater operator hours

Free but must register in advance!

Last year, after nearly ten years without a major hurricane in Texas, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Coastal Bend as a devastating Category-4 storm, damaging most structures in Port Aransas and causing significant damage to the water system. Harvey moved further on shore, causing power outages in the entire area and leveling entire blocks in Rockport and damaging their water and wastewater system. Other communities in the impact zone also lost utility service due to power loss and hurricane wind damage, all while contending with nearly 20-inches of flood causing rainfall in Corpus Christi and the entire Coastal Bend area.

At the same time, Harvey was already dumping what became historic rainfall over all of Southeast Texas, flooding the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Water and wastewater systems were completely inundated, and after over 60 inches of rain, many of these utility systems remained out of service for days. By the time Harvey had moved out of the state, it had become the wettest tropical cyclone on record for both Texas and the United States.

Numerous lessons have been learned from Harvey’s impact, including an understanding of how local and state responders can improve their communications and response protocols and coordination. Additionally, we have learned better practices for utilities to prepare for events in the future, plus understand the local procedures for disaster preparation, response and recovery.

On Friday, August 10, TXWARN is presenting an updated workshop with subject matter experts from the TCEQ and the Texas Department of Emergency Management designed to help utilities to be better prepared for all types of events.