County Kicks Off Hurricane-Preparedness Events

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Hidalgo County’s first event that aims to help families be prepared for potential hurricanes is scheduled to start Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Alton’s recreation center.

The center is located at 349 W. Dawes Ave. There will be five more events, dubbed Dare to Prepare, this month where residents can find information on hurricane season, which started Monday, and resources on having a plan in place in case of a disaster, according to a county news release.

The county has also set up a number — (956) 292-7750 — to report flooding or storm damage. The phone will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In case of a disaster, the line will be staffed 24 hours a day, county officials say.

“In case of a major event,” Rick Saldaña, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said in a statement, “residents will be able to call one number to report damages, flooding and other urgent situations.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which studies hurricanes, stated May 27 there’s a “below-normal” chance for a hurricane this year.

“A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook,” the administration’s head, Kathryn Sullivan, said in a statement.

The other Dare to Prepare events — all from 10 a.m. to noon — are scheduled to be…

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