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Agencies also develop public information materials to either
convey the evacuation zone designations or use postal zip codes
to call evacuations, educate public of the importance of staying
prepared for a hurricane, and pay attention to local officials about
evacuation orders.
Critical facilities (such as medical hospitals, fire stations,
nursing homes, prisons) located in vulnerable areas as identified
during hurricane evacuation studies get evacuated prior to general
evacuations if evacuations are expected to occur. Most agencies
also develop plans to identify and evacuate vulnerable populations
(that require special assistance) prior to general evacuations.
Some agencies develop GIS-based registries for special assistance
populations with addresses that are updated every year prior to
hurricane season.

Preparedness for Recovery

Lessons Learned
Lessons learned during various hurricane related projects I have
been involved with and tips from my personal perspective include:
� Prepare a lessons-learned report after every event and share
with other agencies. For example, Houston area agencies learned

Khang Nguyen

Now that the storm has come and gone, and left a trail of
destruction in its wake, we are ready for recovery! But alas, this
is the most difficult phase of hurricane preparedness for agencies
and communities affected by hurricanes. Recovery is slow and
hard, and there are never enough resources for a community to
fully recover from a major event. Transportation agencies use
their existing contracts to clear debris from the roadways, replace
damaged equipment and infrastructure to the extent possible, and
have procedures in place to document damage and receive recovery
funds from FEMA or other government programs.

However, recovery for vulnerable communities is usually
the hardest. For example, parts of the Houston region were still
recovering from Hurricane Ike when Hurricane Harvey devastated
the area. Residents in low-income housing communities that got
flooded during Harvey had been flooded previously and thus lacked
the resources needed for another recovery. Some residents do not have
flood insurance either because they were unaware of the requirement
to carry flood insurance for homes located within 100-year
floodplains, or they were not able to afford the flood insurance. As
per federal rules, if this is the second instance of their home getting
flooded without a flood insurance, they are not eligible for FEMA
assistance, and thus are forced to live in a flood-damaged home. This
is a cyclical problem for low income populations as the affordable
housing is available in low lying areas (where there are lower property
values due to flooding concerns). Since they are in low lying areas,
they require the flood insurance to be eligible for FEMA assistance
when their homes are flooded, but they can't afford the insurance
(flood insurance premiums are higher for homes in 100-year flood
plains). There is a strong need to highlight this concern and develop
solutions that will go beyond a single city and a single flood.

This debris and flooding on TX 6 just south of Addicks Reservoir was caused by Hurricane Harvey.
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