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Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30 of each year in our region. It is important to be prepared in case of a hurricane or any other emergency, for that matter. The City of Port Arthur's Emergency Management Team has prepared a guide for helping citizens to prepare for an emergency. We encourage all citizens to apply the guidelines as established by the Emergency Management Team and outlined in the guides below: (A Texas DPS/DOT Inland Evacuation Map for our area is also provided.)
Although Tropical Storm Barry did not make landfall in our region, the City of Port Arthur's Emergency Management Team encourages all citizens to follow our official website and social media platforms to gain the necessary information with regard to emergency situations. Citizens should sign up with STAN (Southeast Texas Alerting Network) to stay attuned to proper information during any emergency event. The City of Port Arthur's Facebook page, as well as the Port Arthur Fire and Police Departments' FB pages are also trusted sources for citizens to get the valuable information needed in an emergency.
Based on the latest forecast information from the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Barry is forecast to make landfall along the central Louisiana coastline sometime Saturday. The City of Port Arthur can expect a chance of rain and gusty winds during those periods of rain throughout the weekend. City of Port Arthur’s Emergency Management personnel will continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Barry, until it makes landfall and is no longer a threat.
Last updated 07/11/2019 at 11:40 AMMayor Bartie, the City of Port Arthur Emergency Management team and City Administrators continue to monitor the weather system and confer with the National Weather Service and the State of Texas. As of 10:30 am, the Hurricane Hunter Aircraft has determined that "Barry" is now a Tropical Storm. The current track remains to the east of our region and we should expect some rain, and possibly gusty winds. The Mayor and entire team will continue to actively monitor the situation.
At this time, meteorologists are forecasting a possible tropical storm, or hurricane, for our region. Although very disorganized at this time, the storm system may affect our area. In the event of heavy rains, please be sure to keep your ditches clear of debris to avoid drainage issues. The link below will bring you to the Emergency Management page of the City's website, www.portarthurtx.gov, to find valuable answers regarding any emergency. Citizens may also get information by visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityofPortArthur/. Port Arthur Police and Fire Departments' Facebook pages will also post updates as available. Citizens may call 409-983-8899 to get information regarding emergency preparation.