Galveston County Office of Emergency Management
SITUATION REPORT #3
SUBJECT: Major Hurricane Gustav
DATE AND TIME COVERED: Saturday, 30 August 2008 07:00 PM through Sunday, 31 August 2008 0700 AM
● CURRENT SITUATION:
The forecast track for Hurricane Gustav shows landfall in a wide area of uncertainty spanning an area of the north central Gulf Coast. The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management is currently working extended hours with activation of limited staff occurring earlier in the day on Saturday morning at 0700 AM. At 7:00 pm CDT on Saturday, August 30, 2008, the center of Hurricane Gustav was located near Latitude 22.39 North; Longitude 83.23 West. Hurricane Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and is a major hurricane with sustained wind speeds at 150 mph, accompanied with higher gusts. The current forecast track indicates a potential landfall on Monday, September 1, 2008 in south central Louisiana. Because of current weather conditions, the exact track of Gustav remains a little uncertain. The Galveston County Emergency Operations Center is activated and operating at a Readiness Condition 3.
All Galveston County Departments and Employees are advised to monitor this situation closely.
● AREAS AFFECTED BY THIS EVENT: Galveston County and surrounding counties
● RESPONDING OFFICES/DEPARTMENTS, RESOURCES COMMITTED: GCOEM
● CASUALTIES: None.
● DAMAGES: None reported at this time.
● EVACUATION: Galveston County will not be requesting evacuation at this time.
● SHELTER: None at this time.
● ROADS CURRENTLY CLOSED/IMPACTED: None at this time.
● CURRENT UTILITY OUTAGES: None at this time.
The Galveston County Judge James D. Yarbrough has executed a disaster declaration earlier in the day on Saturday, August 30, 2008. The Governor has issued a proclamation of threat of imminent disaster for 61 counties in Texas. The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has begun to pre-stage resources including 123 buses at the Doyle Center in Texas City- should the need for evacuation of special needs citizens arise. The State has also deployed buses to the Beaumont Port Arthur area.
The Emergency Management Division is closely monitoring this situation. Conference calls are being conducted with the Local Jurisdictions, National Weather Service, State of Texas Operations Center and our regional partners. This Office and the Emergency Operations Center are on Level 3 with Core Staff working extended daytime hours in order to prepare.
The four (4) levels of EOC activation are:
Level 1 (Emergency Conditions)
Level 2 (Escalated Response Conditions)
Level 3 (Increased Readiness Conditions)
Level 4 (Normal Conditions)