PAD 4822 UCF People Evacuate Their Home Due Hurricane Harvey Discussion


Read through the article and content on 9-10: Hurricane Harvey, then answer the following questions in 4-6 sentences for each question.

1. How did conflicting advice between the governor and local emergency management officials affect residents before, during, and after the event, either based on what actually happened or theoretically?

2. How could Texas avoid this intergovernmental issue from happening again going forward?


Governor Abbott:

  • “Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official, if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Abbott said at a news conference. “What you don’t know, and what nobody else knows right now, is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.”
  • “You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.”

Local EM leaders:

  • “LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST,” Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
  • There were no evacuation orders in Houston, and orders only existed in a few communities in Harris County, Sanchez stressed on Friday afternoon.
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, “Quite frankly, leaving your homes, getting on the streets, you’ll be putting yourself in more danger and not making yourself safer,” he said. “And so, we’re just asking people to hunker down.”