GALVESTON, Texas -- Galveston is relying on a new bar code registration system to help people evacuate if another storm like Hurricane Ike threatens the island.
Sept. 13 is the first anniversary of Ike, which caused billions of dollars in damage to Southeast Texas.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that only about 100 people have registered with the city for transportation inland. Nearly 2,000 people required evacuation help during Ike.
Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says "those who wait leave the city in a position of not being able to help them because we don't know exactly what their needs are."
Galveston is using a wristband bar code system for tracking evacuees. The bar code is scanned when a person boards a bus and when the individual reaches a shelter.
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