New Galveston mayor to talk about evacuations

May 18, 2010 8:29:12 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.[Look back at the storm that changed SE Texas]

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.