The devastation of last year's hurricane season came as a surprise to most. And there's no way Texas A&M could anticipate the important role it would play in housing evacuees. But, this time around, the university wants to make sure there are no surprises.
"Well, I wouldn't call it panicked but we were all a little nervous, because we really had not done this before to this magnitude," Chris Meyer said.
Meyer, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Texas A&M recalls the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"We all worked together to pull it off and I think it was a fantastic community effort," Meyer said.
But it didn't start that way. The university was caught off guard after Katrina. Over 900 evacuees were brought to Reed arena, others to the large animal clinic. This time Texas A&M wants to have a plan.
"We are trying to formulate how we are going to support A&M Galveston if they have to evacuate," Meyer said. " How we would enroll their students and their faculty for an extended period of time it there was damage to the campus."
Reed will be used again, along with area churches and schools.
The university is also addressing the possibility that high winds and flooding could stricken the area.
"Ensuring that we have emergency power for our buildings, we try to remove anything that could be loose material that might be a projectile in 100 mile wind," Meyer said.
Texas A&M is working closely with area emergency management so communication between the university and the other 3 local entities, Bryan, College Station, and Brazos county, will be smoother this time around.
"I'd rate us at a 6 or a 7 and I think as every week goes by and every month goes by and we don't have a hurricane we're still fine tuning our plans," Meyer said. "I think we're going to approach 80 or 90 percent before the summer is done."
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