Regional officials gather for hurricane season briefing

One million new people in region since Hurricane Ike in 2008

HOUSTON - From big cities to small towns, more than 150 regional leaders including county judges, mayors, sheriffs and chiefs gathered Monday morning at Reliant Center to discuss how to work together during this hurricane season.

"It's been five years since we've been hit by a storm," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "We've had one million people move into the region that have never been through a hurricane."

"I was scribbling furiously," said Matt Webber, mayor of Shoreacres.

Webber has been on the job for three weeks. Shoreacres is along the Galveston Bay.

"I came here to make sure that our citizens get enough information to be properly prepared should another event should occur," said Webber.

The briefing covered better ways to restore power after a storm, better ways to distribute supplies through PODS (points of distribution), and better ways to execute contra-flow lanes after the traffic congestion we saw during Hurricane Rita evacuations.

Everything was detailed down to where to place refueling areas and comfort stations along the highways.

"The improvements only work if everyone knows their role and that's what was important about this morning," said Judge Emmett.

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