Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week

Friday, January 21, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Proclamation

In the past few years, catastrophic hurricanes have had devastating effects on Texas and nearby states. As these storms have demonstrated, hurricanes pose a serious threat; as a result, we must be ever-vigilant in the face of severe weather.

Originating in the Atlantic Ocean, the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes produce heavy winds, storm surge, torrential rains, inland flooding and tornadoes. It is important that all Texans, particularly residents of the Texas Gulf Coast, be aware of the dangers they present. This is especially the case between June 1 and November 30, when hurricanes are most likely to occur.

Planning and preparation can greatly reduce loss of life and property. Texans should be familiar with the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. Families should designate a safe place to meet in case of evacuation, develop an emergency plan for communicating with relatives and friends in other areas, and put together a "readiness kit" of important supplies. Everyone should heed all warnings, information and instructions provided by local officials and emergency management personnel.

At this time, I urge all Texans to remain mindful of the dangers presented by hurricanes, to stay informed about current threats and to take steps toward preparedness. Together, we can continue to make a difference.

THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim May 22-29, 2011, to be

Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week

in Texas, and urge the appropriate
recognition whereof.

In official recognition whereof,
I hereby affix my signature this the
21st day of January, 2011.




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