The Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is working on a 24-hour schedule monitoring Ike and is prepared to help neighboring counties affected by this hurricane. Brazoria County issued a mandatory evacuation order for special needs residents and those residing in zip code 77541, which includes Freeport, Hideaway Gulf, Turtle Cove, Surfside, Quintana, Treasure Island, Oyster Creek, Jones Creek and River's End. A voluntary evacuation was called for all other zip codes in this area. Also, a voluntary evacuation was issued to residents living on Galveston's west end.
If Hurricane Ike becomes a major threat to Harris County, officials will inform residents and a decision for immediate evacuations would be ordered.
Although Harris County has not ordered evacuations, officials encourage residents to prepare, and make the necessary decisions to protect their family, pets and property. Everyone should have an emergency supply kit, a family emergency plan and continue to monitor the weather conditions through the local media.