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Information From The City Of Tyler On Rita

City of Tyler Readying for Hurricane Rita


City of Tyler officials activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 10:30 a.m. today in anticipation of Hurricane Rita. 

 “We have activated the EOC to ensure a cohesive response and constant communication among our various entities,” Mayor Joey Seeber said. “This is the next step in our preparations.”

 The Disaster Recover Steering Committee headed by Fire Chief Neal Franklin has been making preparations since Hurricane Rita entered the Gulf of Mexico.

 Tyler Street Department: In the event of downed trees, crews will have additional personnel and equipment ready to respond through the weekend to remove trees and debris from City streets.

 Tyler Fire Department: Extra personnel will be on duty through the weekend to respond to emergencies. Ladder crews have also been trained in swift water rescue, but citizens are urged to avoid areas prone to flooding.

 Tyler Police Department: In the event of power outages, extra officers will be on duty to direct traffic and provide protection. However, citizens are encouraged to stay off the roads when the storm passes through Tyler.

 Tyler Water Utilities: In the event of an extended power outage, the City’s ability to produce water would be negligibly impacted. The City would be limited to a production rate of 30 million gallons per day, however demand would likely not exceed that in the event of an emergency. The City also has generators with fuel tanks capable of running the raw water pump station and Lake Palestine plant between 20 and 35 hours depending on demand.

 City officials are urging residents to stay at home when the storm moves into East Texas on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Officials are also encouraging residents to take steps to prepare themselves in the event of a power outage. Items they should have on hand include:

  • A battery powered radio with batteries to listen to updates;
  • Flashlights with fresh batteries;
  • Nonperishable food items;
  • Any necessary medications.

 Forecasters are also predicting the possibility of tornados in our area. Citizens are encouraged to follow this severe weather checklist.

  • When you hear a tornado siren warning, take immediate cover.
  • Go indoors and turn on your television or radio (if power is available), or a battery- powered radio. (Do not run automobile engines in closed spaces while listening to radio messages).  KTBB Radio, 600 AM is the designated Emergency Alert System station for our area.
  • Listen to messages and follow instructions provided through broadcasts.
  • Stay away from downed electric utility lines, as they could be live, and report  them immediately to 9-1-1.
  • Listen for additional voice messages that may be broadcast over the Outdoor Warning System, television, or radio stations.
  • Keep flashlights, portable radios, and batteries ready for use.
  • Please look for additional safety alert and emergency preparedness programming information on Cable Channel 3, television and radio stations, and in the local newspaper.

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