Here is a copy/paste of an email I just sent out. Parts were removed to preserve privacy.
Here is the email I promised you.
When/if you hear from you hear from me after Hurricane Ike has hit, please issue a simple "reply to all" to let everyone know you have heard from me
and I am okay.
Beyond that, please hold these email addresses in the strictest confidence as a matter of privacy.
The wind field from Hurricane Ike is already hitting Houston. Between 6am and 8am Friday, the rain and Tropical Storm strength winds will reach
Houston (39mph winds and above).
The official word from the Fort Bend County government is:
1) Do not evacuate unless you feel your personal property will not survive the storm.
2) Board up all of your windows if you are able. If not, tape up and stay away from your windows. If tape is not available to you, shelter into a
room with limited windows and barricade those windows as best you can. Do not shelter in your garage; it is the weakest room in your house.
We are boarding up per the recommendation of the local government. We will begin doing so in the morning. We are waiting as long as we possibly can
to board up the windows because once you start pounding holes into your house, there is no turning back.
Hurricane Ike is an extremely dangerous storm not because of it's category two 100mph winds; it is dangerous because it's wind field is about 300
miles across. It is being called a freak storm because of it's size.
We are in a second tier county. When it makes landfall on one of the coastal counties, authorities are warning there will be complete destruction on
a massive scale.
In Fort Bend county (where I live), they are predicting 1 in 4 homes will be damaged in some way.
The Sugar Land Police Department is anticipating we will be without electricity for a MINIMUM of 3 days. They are preparing for the possibility of
being without electricity for up to two to four weeks. LA Fire Department as well as other fire departments from across the nation have already
arrived in Houston and will assist as needed for what ever may occur.
Houston is preparing for total power loss, which will include the loss of cellular service.
Do not panic if you do not hear from me after the storm hits. To preserve power, I will turn my cell phone off [deleted cell phone number] as soon
as the power goes out. I will turn it on to check messages IF I am able to get a signal.
If not, I will mail a letter, most likely to my parents.
When that letter is received, I would appreciate if you find this message and "reply to all" to let everyone know I am alive and well.
You can also search for me at disastersafe.redcross.org...
I have entered myself there and will provide updates after the storm hits IF I am
able to do so.
Here are some other websites:
My job's website:
[deleted for privacy]
Fort Bend local news
Locally, channels 2, 11, 13, and 26 have pre-empted all programming and are showing only the news and weather. If you live outside Houston, The
Weather Channel is doing almost exclusive coverage in Houston. If you have DirecTV, channel 363 is also providing updates about the situation. Also,
radio station 1670AM is a temporary FEMA station that will stay on the air until the situation has passed. It went on the air on Wednesday. It is a
low power station set up at various points across the Houston area. In Sugar Land, we get updates about Fort Bend county. In other parts of Houston,
you would get updates according to your locale.
In short, this is expected to be a very bad storm. My insurance is up to date. I have full coverage and GAP coverage on my truck. I also have
renters insurance and storage insurance. So I am covered in the insurance arena.
At work, we took various items off the wall and secured the building as much as can be. There is only so much you can do.
My job has an emergency contact system in place.
If I do not stay in contact with them, they have a procedure in place to find me. This involves calling my home, my parents, and my sister in
Phoenix. It also involves calling the Sugar Land Police Department if it comes to that.
There is not much more to tell. Everything is speculation. The Fort Bend county judge in command of emergency procedures has advised us to be
prepared for catastrophic damage to our homes and cars. He has advised us to stay in contact with our neighbors even if we have never communicated
with them before.
This is a very serious situation.
We are sheltering a retired fireman who is also a retired Viet Nam Vet. We will remain at the house during the storm. We will only leave if the
house is damaged to the point that remaining is unsafe. If that happens, we will report to the nearest fire department to seek shelter and advice.
Thanks to all for the prayers. To all in Houston, stay safe and think smart. Have a plan in case things really go bad.