“We encourage you to reach out to your families and friends and understand how serious this storm is,” said Stan Upton, assistant emergency management coordinator.
Twenty of 24 projections by the National Weather Service as of press time Wednesday, had the storm making landfall near San Antonio Bay, putting Refugio County in the direct path of Ike.
“We will be distributing flyers around the county as the track of the hurricane is discovered,” Mascorro said.
Police Chief Chris Brock said officers will utilized microphones in patrol cars to announce evacuations if Refugio falls under a mandatory evacuation order.
“I’d just as soon have everyone leave as soon as possible,” Brock said Wednesday morning after the last projections were given.
Sheriff Earl Petropoulos urged all county residents to “stay tuned to weather stations and heed the evacuation orders when and if they are called.”
Mayor George Hernandez announced voluntary evacuations were called on Tuesday for residents in Woodsboro. He is coordinating the buses that will leave from the Square.
“All persons evacuating are strongly urged to take all necessary precautions to protect life, property and pets,” Hernandez said. “Please take with you all necessary medications, identification, important documents and pets.”
The courthouse, city halls and schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday and, as of press time Wednesday, other businesses and public buildings were expected to close as well.
“Once we experience sustained winds of 45-50 miles per hour, all emergency services will stop until it’s safe for these people to be out,” Mascorro said. “If an evacuation order is called and you stay, please remember that electricity, water and other services may be out for up to two weeks if the hurricane hits Refugio County.”
The sheriff and nursing home administrators announced that evacuation of the jails and homes are underway.