Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
tmariar

Hurricane Ike - Location/People Coordination

Recommended Posts

Post here if you are offering or looking for HAIF-member help in connection with Hurricane Ike beyond just advice. (For general discussion of the hurricane, and for helpful preparation/monitoring links, see the other threads in the "Breaking News" forum.) To keep things focused, here are the types of posts to make on this thread:

***

MONTROSE - I live in Montrose but am out of town through Monday. I live N of Alabama, W of Montrose, S of Westheimer, E of Dunlavy. If anyone in or near that area might be willing to exchange contact information and possibly check on my house while I'm gone, please PM me.

***

HIGHWAY 146 - I'll be evacuating north on Hwy 146 from Clear Lake Shores. If anyone along that route would be willing to exchange contact information in case of an emergency along the way, please PM me.

***

HEIGHTS/FRIENDSWOOD - I'm going to be riding out the storm alone in the Heights. My parents will be staying in their home in Friendswood. If anyone in either location might be willing to give me their phone number just in case of an emergency, please PM me. Thanks, Housuperstar.

***

HEIGHTS/FRIENDSWOOD - Housuperstar, I sent you a PM re help in Friendswood.

***

WOODLAND HEIGHTS - I'm not evacuating. Neighbors, PM me if you need help with anything. If you need someone to check on your house, I may be able to do that, or may know a HAIFer close to you. I may also have a little time on Friday morning if someone close by needs help boarding their windows.

***

Please do not post your or another member's precise address. Members offering help will likely suggest that you PM them (send them a private message using the HAIF message utility). Members looking for help should do the same. Even in a PM, exercise good judgment in giving anyone your address.

I'm posting this thread now despite the current uncertainty in the storm track because now is a good time to be making your plan and looking for help, just in case - if the threat continues to grow, others will be increasingly focused on their own preparations.

Edited by tmariar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, fantastic idea!

Is this kind of like what you mean?

We do not plan to leave unless forced to by law. We are in the Sunnyland area or rather 45/Wayside Idylwood area if anyone needs help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vertigo - Absolutely. Here's mine:

HEIGHTS - It's very unlikely I'll evacuate (I didn't for Rita). I'm S of 11th, W of Studewood, N of White Oak, E of Heights. I don't know if I'd be much help with boarding windows, but PM me if you want a Heights text-message or email contact who's staying. May also be able to check on houses.

Edited by tmariar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Everyone make sure you have a camera ready to take very important pics before and after!

I recall in Allison not having film for the old camera, luckily the neighbor across the street was out snapping away at the ocean before us.

Additional note all:

The East End of Houston or East of downtown is where you do not want to be in this sort of event. We are like a freaking buffer/battering ram as forecasted maps indicate. Hope we all dont come floating your way West or North. The ship channel just too close for comfort I'm afraid. Santo cielo! -_-

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This should be a sticky, hello mods, to keep it up top until this storm is gone or not a possible threat.

Western Montgomery County, Staying put, no worries.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MONTROSE: First Montrose Commons (Spur/Richmond/Montrose/Alabama)

Will not be evacuating, and will either be home or maaaybe near Reliant Park (along the Fannin corridor)

I pinned this topic to the important topics area

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CONROE or The Woodlands:

I am hoping someone enters data here for all to see. I have family in Conroe and there are hundreds of pines around. Strong winds are supposed to reach that far? Yelp!

Advice enter here______________

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WOODLAND HEIGHTS

Not leaving, can help with storm prep and check up on houses/people in the area. I also have a couple of extra bicycles if needed for transportation should the storm take down trees and render the streets impassable to cars.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wilchester-Western Memorial area: Most likely not leaving. I can check up on houses and take pics of the exterior and e-mail them if needed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MONTROSE: First Montrose Commons (Spur/Richmond/Montrose/Alabama)

Will not be evacuating, and will either be home or maaaybe near Reliant Park (along the Fannin corridor)

I pinned this topic to the important topics area

I went through Alicia in that area of Montrose. Garrott, between W. Main and Colquit. We stayed up all night in the old 1920's brownstone. Ole 'Elberta' still stands to this day. I remember going outside during the eye to get a dog that had gotten loose.

Sorry, off topic... memories...

West U/Med Ctr/Bellaire: Buffalo/Stella/N.Braeswood/Bellaire Blvd. Two blocks from Poor Farm Ditch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clear Lake area. Not sure if we are staying or going, but concerned for my Mother, age 85 in Park Place area. Would appreciate someone checking on her if she stays - and since she is housebound, she is probably going to stay.

Could probably use help boarding up, don't even have a truck to carry the boards in, or a saw to saw them with.

Thanks much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Clear Lake area. Not sure if we are staying or going, but concerned for my Mother, age 85 in Park Place area. Would appreciate someone checking on her if she stays - and since she is housebound, she is probably going to stay.

Could probably use help boarding up, don't even have a truck to carry the boards in, or a saw to saw them with.

Thanks much.

I think the Park Place area is in evacuation zone 3 - is she registered for assistance? or does she not want to do that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I think the Park Place area is in evacuation zone 3 - is she registered for assistance? or does she not want to do that?

I registered her, with her permission, and told them that she was housebound and had a small dog and a large cat, and that she cannot walk unaided.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will be here in the Heights, apparently down the street from tmariar somewhere. :)

I know I am walking distance from sunsets and heights yankee, and biking distance to 20thStreet Dad. PM me if you need help or run dangerously low on rum.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a friend in Corpus I tried to find accommodations for here in Bastrop. They got a couple of rooms at Roadway Inn in Austin, so there are still rooms to be had in this area.

I am smart enough to know that there is no way to say for certain where the storm will come ashore, or where it will head afterward. I am not in a direct path at this time, but could get some pretty bad stuff before it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll be in the Heights too, the west side of it by Shepherd. I consider myself pretty young (30 next week!!), fit, and able, so if there is assistance you need with heavy lifting for any cleanup activities let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'll be in the Heights too, the west side of it by Shepherd. I consider myself pretty young (30 next week!!), fit, and able, so if there is assistance you need with heavy lifting for any cleanup activities let me know.

Great! Pick up a load of plywood and put it up on my windows!

:lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I would, but I don't have a truck... but I know someone who has a Tundra (and gets 20+ mpg). ;)

Seriously, if someone needs a set of hands to help with that I've done it before. It is loads of fun. And it will leave holes in your house!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are a couple of Eastwooders here on haif...not sure where people are. I've spoken to my neighbors and (for now) those of us near the intersection of Walker and Eddington are staying put. I am, for sure. Damn, I went to Specs today and we've already put away half a fifth of vodka. So much for the storm rations. Back on topic, if you're nearby and in need, we will do as much as we can for ya! Note: We do not have a chain saw. We are fairly heavily armed and have shortwave, police scanner and bicycles--always good if trees go down.

Yay, the porta potty projectile is gone from my front yard! Knowing these contractors, it will just re-appear tomorrow, after having been dumped and sanitized.

Edited by crunchtastic

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PARK PLACE - PapillionWyngs, has anyone contacted you yet who can be an emergency contact for your mother in Park Place? If not, or if y'all are evacuating to her house, will you let us know?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There are a couple of Eastwooders here on haif...not sure where people are. I've spoken to my neighbors and (for now) those of us near the intersection of Walker and Eddington are staying put. I am, for sure. Damn, I went to Specs today and we've already put away half a fifth of vodka. So much for the storm rations. Back on topic, if you're nearby and in need, we will do as much as we can for ya! Note: We do not have a chain saw. We are fairly heavily armed and have shortwave, police scanner and bicycles--always good if trees go down.

Yay, the porta potty projectile is gone from my front yard! Knowing these contractors, it will just re-appear tomorrow, after having been dumped and sanitized.

EASTWOOD - I feel so much more comfortable knowing that at least some of my real estate holdings are being patrolled by heavily armed, well-equipped drunkards. :lol: Although I must say, vodka without refrigeration just doesn't seem right. Seems more like an occasion that would call for scotch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There are a couple of Eastwooders here on haif...not sure where people are. I've spoken to my neighbors and (for now) those of us near the intersection of Walker and Eddington are staying put. I am, for sure. Damn, I went to Specs today and we've already put away half a fifth of vodka. So much for the storm rations. Back on topic, if you're nearby and in need, we will do as much as we can for ya! Note: We do not have a chain saw. We are fairly heavily armed and have shortwave, police scanner and bicycles--always good if trees go down.

sarah is that you?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
EASTWOOD - I feel so much more comfortable knowing that at least some of my real estate holdings are being patrolled by heavily armed, well-equipped drunkards. :lol: Although I must say, vodka without refrigeration just doesn't seem right. Seems more like an occasion that would call for scotch.

We don't drink scotch. We do, however, drink rye bourbon. Fully loaded in that scenario.

I can keep an eye on your place if you want, it's just around the corner. Fullly armed and everything. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RIVERSIDE - I live on the banks of Brays Bayou, but I'm not in an evacuation zone. However, my zip code (77021) borders part of evacuation zone C (77023), and I live about 4-5 miles upstream of the Houston Ship Channel. They've widened the bayou between Ardmore and Calhoun and built some detention ponds upstream in the Medical Center and near Meyerland, and that'll help. There may be a risk of flooding, just not quite sure of the severity. I think the things that are the greatest risk here are tornadoes, heavy wind, and trees falling. The windows need to be boarded up, we have precut plywood leftover from Rita, so it's just a matter of placing it on. The house has been here since 1956, so it's weathered storms such as Carla and Alicia, so it's definately well built. We may ride it out, or leave and go out to a relative's place in 77096, pretty far from the evacuation zones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Midtown/Baldwin Park area.

I haven't decided if I'm leaving for Dallas or not yet. My house is open floor plan with no windowless spaces.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
:D I do not hear this Sarah person you speak of.

well after 1/2 a fifth i'm sure you're not hearing or feeling much. LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sunnyland/Lawndale/Wayside/45:

After seeing the most recent turn of events this morn early 6:00am we are boarding up in Sunnyland or nabe surrounding JP Henderson Elementary. May not stay in this house since the wooded area of the Convent could become a battering ram not to mention the gusts that will pass down as we are in an very open area.

Dumble/45 area: or rather Broadmoor area:

Possibly staying in moms house built circa 1937 but also boarding as when Rita almost hit so did all of her next door neigbors. Most of these houses have very dramatic high roof pitch as in Tudor style so we are even boarding up the air vents on top. Most of the garages in this area are old and may not hold up so where to park cars? No choice. We plan to ride it out in the main hallway (center of home) parking my car right up against the house the closer the better. Sunnyland carport (& elderly neighbors) will fly away I'm afraid. Hopefully not into our homes. Time is running out. I plan to stay sober during these kind of events, got to keep alert. Unless it becomes to the point of... then slamnming down a few. :mellow:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

EVERYONE - 7AM announcements:

Mayor

Employers recommended to not require non-essential employees to go to work on Friday, and to take into account recommended and mandatory evacuations (which the County Judge will speak to). Non-essential city employees will be off on Friday.

All school districts recommended to close Friday.

County Judge

Special needs evacuations beginning this morning. If you are in an evacuation zone, have special needs, but have not registered, call 3-1-1.

Mandatory evacuations of Zones A&B (zip codes ending in 058, 059, 062, 520, 546, 571, 586, 598) starting at noon today. Please wait until noon to evacuate and let Galveston get out.

Others - Unless you're in an unsafe structure (e.g., a mobile home), hunker down. If the power goes out later, you can leave then. Let those who need to get out now for their safety evacuate now.

Contraflow lanes not being opened now - it sounds like they are going to reevaluate the need for the contraflow lanes later today (sounded like during or after evening rush hour is the earliest they'd reevaluate).

Edited by tmariar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

tmariar got it first, but here's the official version:

-----------------

HARRIS COUNTY EVACUATIONS FOR ZONES A & B

(Harris County, TX) - Due to changes in the track of Hurricane Ike and the expected storm surge of up to 15 ft. in some areas, Harris County and City of Houston officials are calling for the evacuation of citizens residing in Zones A & B of the evacuation plan.

A mandatory evacuation has been called for noon today for residents living in zip codes 77586 (Zone A), 77058, 77059, 77062, 77520, 77546, 77571, 77598 (Zone B).

Harris County will begin evacuating citizens with special needs that registered with 2-1-1 as soon as possible. Those not registered should call 3-1-1 immediately if they need help evacuating.

The routes identified for emergency evacuation by the state are Interstate 10 West to San Antonio, Interstate 45 North to Dallas, Interstate 59 North to Nacogdoches and Highway 290 West to Austin or Waco. The Texas Department of Public Safety will stage contraflow in coordination with local plans when needed. Refueling stations will be placed along the routes.

In order to minimize traffic of highways, emergency officials recommend that major employees allow non-essential personnel to not report to work on Friday. However, service providers such as grocery stores, restaurants and service stations are encouraged to remain open to serve the public.

Those who have registered already with the state's 2-1-1 system can expect to be picked up and transported to one of the transportation staging areas for evacuation.

Any other special needs persons who need help evacuating need to call 3-1-1.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

EASTWOOD here, bounded by Leeland, Sidney, Eastwood, and Harby. We are staying put, and probably boarding up some windows tomorrow (we have nearly 30 windows, so what direction is the most at risk?). Hopefully we don't lose too much in the way of landscaping, and the massive oak tree that hangs over the house was trimmed less than a year ago so it should hopefully be OK.

We don't have a chainsaw either, but we have a neighbor who has pretty much every tool known to man, so we should be OK. Of course those tools make fabulous flying projectiles! Maybe we will get a new garage out of this ;).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Friendswood/Clear Lake:

Most of my coworkers that live around the areas surrounding Baybrook Mall are not coming to work today. Most have already made reservations at inland Houston hotels/motels..

For those unfamiliar with the Baybrook Mall area, it is very low lying. Nearby Friendswood had a serious flood event a few years ago. Even Sagemont was ravaged quite badly.

I cannot believe people in Pasadena and South Houston are staying at home? Extremely low lying.

Pasadena! You need to chime in with latest word in your area! :mellow:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Midtown/Baldwin Park area.

I haven't decided if I'm leaving for Dallas or not yet. My house is open floor plan with no windowless spaces.

Baldwin Park area as well. Have SUV that (according to owners manual) can drive through 24 inches of water. PM me if your keg runs dry.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Baldwin Park area as well. Have SUV that (according to owners manual) can drive through 24 inches of water. PM me if your keg runs dry.

My 4x4 can tread water, too.

PM me when your keg is full.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PARK PLACE - PapillionWyngs, has anyone contacted you yet who can be an emergency contact for your mother in Park Place? If not, or if y'all are evacuating to her house, will you let us know?

We were thinking about evacuating to her house, but it sits on Sims bayou. She says that she cannot leave, and I am really torn. Right now I am taking animals to the kennel, getting our medicines ready, trying to decide where we are going to go and how many cars to take. ( We are in 77059 - mandatory evacuation). If anyone has any advice, please, we need it. I hate to leave my mother like this.

Thanks,

Susan

Friendswood/Clear Lake:

Most of my coworkers that live around the areas surrounding Baybrook Mall are not coming to work today. Most have already made reservations at inland Houston hotels/motels..

For those unfamiliar with the Baybrook Mall area, it is very low lying. Nearby Friendswood had a serious flood event a few years ago. Even Sagemont was ravaged quite badly.

I cannot believe people in Pasadena and South Houston are staying at home? Extremely low lying.

Pasadena! You need to chime in with latest word in your area! :mellow:

Vertigo - how far out are your friends going?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We were thinking about evacuating to her house, but it sits on Sims bayou. She says that she cannot leave, and I am really torn. Right now I am taking animals to the kennel, getting our medicines ready, trying to decide where we are going to go and how many cars to take. ( We are in 77059 - mandatory evacuation). If anyone has any advice, please, we need it. I hate to leave my mother like this.

Thanks,

Susan

Susan - Glad y'all are evacuating. I'm going to PM you about your mother. I think we have some people in her general area who might be willing to check on her if you don't end up staying with her. Anyone who knows the area better have any thoughts on the flooding threat to a home in Park Place, on Sims Bayou?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Friendswood/Clear Lake:

Most of my coworkers that live around the areas surrounding Baybrook Mall are not coming to work today. Most have already made reservations at inland Houston hotels/motels..

For those unfamiliar with the Baybrook Mall area, it is very low lying. Nearby Friendswood had a serious flood event a few years ago. Even Sagemont was ravaged quite badly.

I cannot believe people in Pasadena and South Houston are staying at home? Extremely low lying.

Pasadena! You need to chime in with latest word in your area! :mellow:

Have your friends said how far out they are going?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Big oak & china berry trees.

When Alicia came in 83 was it? Many of the big oaks around Broadmoor came crashing down, lifting slabs of sidewalk up at angles and of course practically blocking off all incoming/outgoing traffic from some spots.

Eastwood has so many large old trees. Be very careful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My question isn't whether it would be better for PapillionWyngs' mother to evacuate, but what her family in Houston should do if she's (1) unwilling to leave or (2) unable to leave. If it's (1), is the location so dangerous that she should be forced to leave? If it's (2), how much jeopardy would the family be in by staying there with her?

BTW - I am not speaking for PapillionWyngs, these are just the questions I'm imagining she's dealing with as she's readying for evacuation.

Edited by tmariar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
My question isn't whether it would be better for PapillionWyngs' mother to evacuate, but what her family in Houston should do if she's (a) unwilling to leave or (B) unable to leave. If it's (a), is the location so dangerous that she should be forced to leave? If not, or if it's (B), how much jeopardy would the family be in staying with her?

BTW - I am not speaking for PapillionWyngs, these are just the questions I'm imagining she's dealing with as she's readying for evacuation.

If this was Star Trek, the decision would be easy -- the needs of the many (and the young) outweigh the needs of the few or the one (or the old).

Sadly, life is far more complicated than that. It's a tough decision for her or anyone in that position. It would be easier if her mother was staying by choice, then you'd just pack up the willing and get out. Too bad she can't drop off a laptop with a web cam on it so she could monitor her mother from afar and come back if needed. Hopefully she at least has a cell phone she can keep with her if Wyngs leaves.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If this was Star Trek, the decision would be easy -- the needs of the many (and the young) outweigh the needs of the few or the one (or the old).

Sadly, life is far more complicated than that. It's a tough decision for her or anyone in that position. It would be easier if her mother was staying by choice, then you'd just pack up the willing and get out. Too bad she can't drop off a laptop with a web cam on it so she could monitor her mother from afar and come back if needed. Hopefully she at least has a cell phone she can keep with her if Wyngs leaves.

PapillionWyngs now has the phone number of a member in her mother's general area, though not in Park Place, so at least that's something.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If this was Star Trek, the decision would be easy -- the needs of the many (and the young) outweigh the needs of the few or the one (or the old).

Sadly, life is far more complicated than that. It's a tough decision for her or anyone in that position. It would be easier if her mother was staying by choice, then you'd just pack up the willing and get out. Too bad she can't drop off a laptop with a web cam on it so she could monitor her mother from afar and come back if needed. Hopefully she at least has a cell phone she can keep with her if Wyngs leaves.

Park Place is only a few exits off 45 from where we are. Part of it is right next to the bayou and most of it is low lying and flat with numerous large old assortment of trees. Our mom over in Broadmoor, is leaving along with sis in law to another family home in Beechnut/Cook Road area. Not sure if thats going to do any good but at least they are away from the areas near Gulfgate which are going to be closer to the worse section of EE near ship channel. I would hate to leave any senior citizen alone (sorry wngs I dont mean to add stress to the situation) but they tend to stress out even more. Mom had a stroke once and doctors say these kinds of events can be very hard on them. We are making damned sure she is taking all of her medicines with her. She will be with several others when it comes. Makes me feel a tad better. Sort of... but we are running out of time. -_-

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PapillionWyngs - I sent you a PM with a second number at which you can reach another HAIF member in your mother's general area - possibly two, from the sound of it. Hope that helps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Montrose:

Most likely will not be evacuating.

Most likely will be boarding up 2 south facing windows on the 2nd floor of my 4plex since my landlord intends to do nothing.

Anyone nearby have a ladder i could borrow or rent for a few hours tomorrow if I decide this is needed and can get hold of a few scraps of plywood ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MONTROSE - area bounded by Richmond/Dunlavy/W Alabama/Shepherd

Looks like we're going to stay put - if anyone needs some assistance, PM me. As of now, we've got plenty of food and water, but lacking on booze

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PapillionWyngs - I sent you a PM with a second number at which you can reach another HAIF member in your mother's general area - possibly two, from the sound of it. Hope that helps.

Thanks loads.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Park Place is only a few exits off 45 from where we are. Part of it is right next to the bayou and most of it is low lying and flat with numerous large old assortment of trees. Our mom over in Broadmoor, is leaving along with sis in law to another family home in Beechnut/Cook Road area. Not sure if thats going to do any good but at least they are away from the areas near Gulfgate which are going to be closer to the worse section of EE near ship channel. I would hate to leave any senior citizen alone (sorry wngs I dont mean to add stress to the situation) but they tend to stress out even more. Mom had a stroke once and doctors say these kinds of events can be very hard on them. We are making damned sure she is taking all of her medicines with her. She will be with several others when it comes. Makes me feel a tad better. Sort of... but we are running out of time. -_-

Yes, we are running out of time, and we still haven't left yet. A lot of our neighbors aren't going, and we honestly can't decide what to do. We have reservations at a hotel in College Station, but then they said that they are expecting hurricane conditions on Saturday, as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yes, we are running out of time, and we still haven't left yet. A lot of our neighbors aren't going, and we honestly can't decide what to do. We have reservations at a hotel in College Station, but then they said that they are expecting hurricane conditions on Saturday, as well.

74 miles/hr is a LOT different that 120 miles/hr. it's all about minimizing your risk.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My cousin has an old apartment in Rice Village (it doesn't even have grounded plugs!) but isn't leaving. (We've offered for him, my/his other cousin, and any number of friends to crash at our pad during Ike). Is him not leaving a bad idea?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...