I wish we could say that, because of the COVID crisis, we all get a break from worrying about the potential of a catastrophic storm making landfall this year. Unfortunately, the truth is that hurricane season doesn’t give us the courtesy of waiting until the COVID-19 crisis subsides, so the time to be ready is now.
The stakes are high. Yesterday, Texas reported 50 deaths statewide, the most in any one day since mid-March, and added more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19, the biggest one-day increase in infections in three weeks.
These past few weeks, our lives have been uprooted as our community has taken crucial and extensive measures to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 epidemic. We have declared a public health emergency in Harris County.
This month, invitations to respond to the 2020 Census, the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the United States, will go out to every home in Harris County.
Last month, an explosion at a manufacturing plant rattled a large portion of Harris County at 4:30 in the morning, shifting the ground beneath houses and jolting people awake.