By Scott Harvey
Greenville – Early Friday afternoon Mayor Tom Oliver declared a state of disaster for the City of Greenville in anticipation of Hurricane Ike. The City also implemented its Emergency Operation Plan.
Due to the anticipated severe weather expected as early as Saturday morning, the City of Greenville will activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 13.
High winds, heavy rains and possible tornadoes are expected on Saturday, with a sustained storm system that could last several hours with wind damage and flash flooding as a result.
Citizens are encouraged to prepare for the storm by stocking up on flashlights, batteries, water, food that does not need to be cooked and first aid supplies. Outdoor furniture and other items should be secured to minimize damage that could occur from the expected high winds.
Those needing information and resources for evacuation should call the Texas Information System Resource hotline by dialing 211. Operators answer calls 24-hours a day.
Greenville residents needing assistance during the storm can call 903-457-2934 or 903-457-2900. Due to heavy call volumes, these numbers may be busy and citizens will need to try and call again. Information will also be broadcast on radio stations KGVL 1400 AM and KIKT 93.5 FM.