Galveston gets ready

Galveston has shut down its schools for the rest of the week (here’s a School Closure List) to help students and families prepare for the hurricane this weekend.

While evacuation isn’t mandatory right now, there is expected to be a mandatory evacuation by Wednesday. Brazoria County will also call for a voluntary evacuation today at 2 p.m.

KHOU says:
Galveston citizens who don’t have transportation will be bused from the community center in the 4700 block of Broadway and head to shelters in Huntsville. Evacuees will be allowed to carry one suitcase and their pets on the buses, but the pets must be in carriers or crates. Pet owners should call 409-763-8477 if they need a cage or crate.

The number to call for more information on the evacuation is 409-797-3710. Anyone who needs to ride a bus, should call that number to alert the city.

If you’re interested, the Houston Chronicle already has a Rita blog up.

Wow – put this under the ‘An Enormous Vote of Confidence’ category: Gov. Perry declares Texas a disaster area ahead of time.

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