Even as mayors and emergency management officials were meeting in Houston, most of them were keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Chantal. It isn’t expected to threaten the Texas Gulf Coast, but those professionals don’t want disaster to sneak up on them.
County Judge Ed Emmett is also director of the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He says he started getting calls about Chantal while it was still a tropical depression Sunday.
“We're working on it,” he says, “While all the models seem to take it up the east coast -- not in our direction -- we have to start preparing. Probably in the next 24-48 hours, if the track looked like its coming this way, we'd start (intense) preparation.”
Leaders like Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd led the discussion of response to many forms of disaster, but the meeting was mostly about coordination with the arrival of the 2013 hurricane season.
The timeline is 120 hours from (the point) when tropical force winds first hit the coast.