Central Texas prepared for emergency disaster


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 6:21 PM

CENTRAL TEXAS -- From warning sirens to reverse 911 calls, Central Texas is prepared for disasters.

The City of San Marcos installed 14 tornado warning sirens. Emergency officials say the reason for the sirens is to deal with heavy flooding in the area.

"We don't typically get tornadoes. We do get strong shear winds every now and then. We do keep an eye on it because there's always a first time," said Gib Watt, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of San Marcos.

In times of disaster, the Austin-Travis County emergency officials will join together inside the Emergency Operation Center. The room provides an organized hub to plan, organize and coordinate resources.

"We have a very good system of being prepared. One of the things we pride ourselves in is trying to do exercise and have plans we take and update from those exercises," said Travis County Emergency Management Coordinator Otis Latin.

Georgetown and Cedar Park also have tornado warning sirens.

Round Rock, Manor, Pflugerville and Austin use a reverse 911 call system.

Officials recommend paying attention to local news and weather as well as creating a safety plan for your family.


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