Some people worry that when the next big hurricane targets Houston, people who live in “evacuation zones” won’t know what to do. The fear is: many don’t even know they live in one of the zones.
“There’s, I think, something like 20 percent, 25 percent of city of Houston is in an evacuation zone. So, it’s not insignificant,” said environmental lawyer Jim Blackburn. He’s also co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster Center, or SSPEED.
The hurricane evacuation zone map wasn’t activated for Harvey, because Blackburn said it’s designed for wind and surge storms, like Hurricane Ike. But he is concerned homeowners don’t know they reside in these zones.