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Of all the natural disasters, hurricanes potentially can result in the greatest amount of damage. Not only do the winds from the storm potentially exceed 150mph, the associated storm surge can cause widespread flooding in coastal areas. Hurricanes also spawn tornados that can occur inland.
The Southwest Region Hurricane Information web site has been created to guide the actions of employees and inform the public regarding hurricane impacts.
The Hurricane Response Plan guides the actions of Fish and Wildlife Service employees in response to a significant hurricane making landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The objective of the Hurricane Response Plan is to outline general procedures to be followed before, during, and after hurricanes and associated natural events. This plan focuses on the field-level activities required after significant or severe hurricane damage and includes establishing communication channels, effectively dispatching emergency response resources, and coordinating planned recovery efforts for Service assets.
Post Evacuation Information for FWS Employees
This page will provide notification to employees regarding when they can return to worksites. These worksites may be located within the storm impact zone or outside the zone depending on severity of damage.
McFaddin Refuge office after Hurricane Ike. Photo: USFWS
There are no hurricane related closures at this time.
Endangered Species Emergency Consultation
Until further notice, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will address all hurricane related Federal activities within counties of Presidentially-declared disaster areas following the approach below. Environmental compliance for areas outside of Presidentially-declared disaster areas is also addressed. The Section 7(p) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the emergency consultation provisions of the regulations that implement the ESA (50 CFR section 402) will be used.
FWS Press Releases
This page will contain information provided by the Southwest Region's Division of External Affairs. This information is intended to inform the public on the status of Fish and Wildlife Service facilities and services affected by the hurricane.