Emergency Preparedness

Hurricane Season Preparedness

June through November

The Town of Rancho Viejo
3301 Carmen Avenue, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575 (956)350-4093

I. Designated Emergency Broadcast Stations

(For Official Advisory Information)

TELEVISION BROADCAST RADIO BROADCAST
1. K.G.B.T. CHANNEL 4 1. KTEX 100.3 FM
2. K.R.G.V. CHANNEL 5 2. KGBT 98.5 FM

II. Hurricane Intensity Scale

HURRICANE WATCH: Storm position 24 to 36 hours from projected landfall
HURRICANE WARNING: Storm position less than 24 hours from projected landfall

CATEGORY WIND (M.P.H.) DAMAGE
Category I 74 to 95 MINIMAL
Category II 96 to 110 MODERATE
Category III 111 to 130 EXTENSIVE
Category IV 131 to 155 EXTREME
Category V 156 and beyond CATASTROPHIC

III. Local Public Safety Advisory Procedure

Local residents should monitor the above local broadcast stations for special bulletins issued by the Town. Bulletins regarding closed roadways and re-entry procedures will be broadcasted. Residents are also asked to closely monitor the weather stations for recommended evacuation from our area.

IV. Town Administration / Public Safety Evacuation

The Town will provide buses that will assist in the evacuation of our citizens that are in need of transportation to a designated shelter. Please inform the Town of any special medical needs that may be required at the evacuation site.

V. Evacuation Route

The official evacuation route for Cameron County is U.S. Highway 77 North to U.S. Highway 83 West to U.S. Highway 281 North.
[RESIDENTS SHOULD REMEMBER NOT TO TAKE SHORTCUTS AS ROADS COULD BE BLOCKED OR CLOSED.]

VI. Shelter Availability and Procedure

Residents should monitor the above-mentioned television and radio stations for shelter openings and availability in their area sponsored by the American Red Cross. Residents evacuating to a shelter need to take blankets or sleeping bags, flashlights, special dietary foods, infant needs, and lightweight folding chairs. The American Red Cross will not open any shelters if the category of storm is a CATEGORY III and or greater.
[DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR WEAPONS OF ANY KIND.]
RESIDENTS SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT NO SHELTERS WILL BE OPENED WITHIN THE TOWN OF RANCHO VIEJO AS WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE !!

VII. Resident Re-Entry Procedure

The Re-Entry decision will be made by the Emergency Management Director after the threat has passed and Fire Personnel, Law Enforcement and Utilities Personnel have inspected the evacuated area for safety. All residents reentering the Town must do so through a Law Enforcement Check Point that will be located on Rancho Viejo Drive. Residents re-entering will be required to show proof of residency, Drivers License, Utility Bill, etc., as non – residents will not be allowed access.
ALL OTHER POINTS OF ENTRY WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS

VIII. Volunteers

Anyone willing to volunteer to help with road clean up efforts after a hurricane can sign up at the Town’s Municipal Office Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The Town of Rancho Viejo has a very limited equipment supply so anyone interested in donating their time and / or equipment will be greatly appreciated. (The type of equipment needed is chain saw’s, ax’s’ shovels, or any other equipment that would assist us in clearing our roads.)

NOTE: FOR FREE PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS PAMPHLETS ABOUT HURRICANES, WIND DAMAGE, FLOODS, TORNADOES, FAMILY EMERGENCY DISASTER SUPPLIES KITS, WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE HURRICANE SEASON, DURING A STORM, AND AFTER A STORM, PLEASE COME BY THE TOWN’S MUNICIPAL HALL


Reminder! When Weather officials Recommend Evacuation, Do So Immediately!