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A monster storm like Hurricane Harvey hasn’t hit the Gulf Coast in almost a decade. Residents have been told to evacuate or ready themselves for torrential rain, high winds and flash flooding.
The last hurricane that brought major damage to that region was Hurricane Ike, which slammed the coast of Texas — right near Harvey’s predicted point of contact.
We get an update on the storm, and talk with experts about recovery efforts, disaster relief and flood insurance reform proposals.
- Ayan Mittra Editor, The Texas Tribune; was the lead editor on "Hell and High Water," an investigative reporting project with ProPublica about what could happen if a hurricane hit Texas oil infrastructure
- Gail Delaughter Reporter, KUHF Houston Public Media
- Barry Scanlon Co-founder, DCMC Partners, a crisis management and public safety consulting firm that helps with recovery from crises and disasters; former Senior Advisor at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President Clinton (1993 – 2001)
- Steve Ellis Vice president, Taxpayers for Common Sense; member of SmarterSafer, a coalition of insurance representatives, environmental organizations and taxpayer groups advocating for reform of the National Flood Insurance Program
Resources For Those In The Flooded Areas
FEMA also sends along the following information for those who are in the flooding:
- Stay calm, do not panic.
- Do not go into your attic – rescuers from the air cannot see you.
- Safely seek higher ground if able to do so; get to a safe place.
- Safely mark your roof to be seen by the air. To get rescuers’ attention, wave sheets, towels etc.
FEMA urges anyone whose life is in danger to call 911. “First responders are not responding to requests for assistance received through social media, so if you cannot get through to 911 at first, keep calling,” FEMA says.
For those needing immediate assistance, these are the phone numbers for the Coast Guard.