Thousands in Houston Area Get Safety Vests

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HOUSTON (AP) - About 14,000 vests distributed in the Houston area are meant to help the elderly and disabled be safe, and identified, during hurricane evacuations.

Concerns were raised after 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf coast and some people needed help evacuating.

The brightly colored vests have a waterproof zippered pocket, where senior citizens can place their medical records, prescriptions and other ID's.

The vests have been distributed at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and some group homes in Harris and Matagorda counties.

A grant funded the vests, which were delivered this month by the Southeast Texas Senior Care Providers Task Force.