New Galveston mayor to talk about evacuations

May 18, 2010 8:23:41 AM PDT
New Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski wants to talk with Hurricane Ike-recovering residents about evacuating faster and returning sooner if there is another big storm. Galveston's hurricane preparedness town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night.

Jaworski, who took office last week, campaigned on a pledge of trying to reopen the island 24 to 72 hours after a disaster.

Ike devastated Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008.

Then-Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, who was barred from seeking re-election due to term limits, closed Galveston for 11 days to most people except emergency personnel. Thomas has said she did the right thing during unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

A newly formed marine response team on Wednesday afternoon will conduct a mass casualty training exercise in Galveston.