Emergency Planning For Severe Weather Threats
Being situated close to the gulf coast region of Texas, Harris County and the City of Houston will always have significant exposure to the risks associated with severe weather, especially the risks that come during a lengthy storm season which runs from June 1 through early November but sometimes extending into December.
According to the Harris county Flood Control District, the zip code that University Place is in (77074) is within a 100-year flood zone. This, coupled with the large retention pond adjacent the facility, minimizes the risks associated with flooding. Since the facility is well inland, far removed from mandatory evacuation areas in Houston, TX (the storm surge zone), it shall be the policy during the approach of tropical storms and hurricanes to weather the emergency within the two buildings comprising University Place Retirement Community.
University Place is not situated in any of the three evacuation zones that have been identified for hurricanes, regardless of which category. This being the case, we would not anticipate being required by government authorities to evacuate even under the direst predictions. Only structural failure to the building itself, or, in the case of complete failure of our local sewage system, would evacuation be contemplated. In the event that evacuation becomes necessary, our plan relies upon our healthcare system and its hospital resources to accommodate residents that would have to be relocated.