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correct information for them. Agencies can explore the use of an
emergency button subscribers list to update their special needs
population registries.
� Communities can benefit from updated floodplain maps. Over
the last 20 years, urban sprawl has caused drainage basins to
change and higher volumes of water flowing to our drainage
systems for a specific amount of rainfall, causing more frequent
flooding of areas that were considered outside 100-year
floodplains. For example, Houston has experienced three
500-year flood events in the last five years.
� Prepare for resiliency from hurricanes and not just recovery.
This will likely require new policies and procedures about
buildings in coastal areas, 100-year flood plains, and areas
downstream of reservoirs.
� Government agencies should explore ways to incorporate the
participation of non-profit volunteer organizations in response
and recovery whenever possible.
In conclusion, hurricane preparedness is a continuous process
that agency personnel in the coastal communities prepare for every
year at the onset of hurricane season, and the 2017 hurricane season

reminded us all of the importance of staying prepared and working
towards improving our communities' resilience to such events.
Houston leaders and emergency managers used outside the box
thinking and requested private citizens to volunteer resources (boats
and high trucks) and skilled manpower when State resources were
unable to reach the flooded region. This outside the box thinking
and approach saved countless lives. Even though this is not an
ideal solution (due to liability concerns) to be adopted by other
communities, yet it has spurred the conversation, and lawmakers
in other communities are looking at ways to integrate the volunteer
organizations as part of the hurricane response teams. itej
Roma G. Stevens, P.E., PTOE is President of Stevens
Technical Services, Inc. in Houston, TX, USA. Roma is
a professional engineer and holds bachelor and master
of engineering degrees from Thapar University, India
and a master of science degree specializing in transportation engineering from Texas A&M University. Roma
has more than 26 years of experience working in academia, consulting,
and research. Roma is also wife to ITE member Charles Stevens, P.E.,
PTOE and mom to Asha Stevens (the golfer). She is a member of ITE.

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