SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – June marks the beginning of hurricane season. Many cities including South Padre Island are preparing for the impact this year’s storms could have.
“We rely on the hotel motel taxes and sales tax, so if we were to have a name storm that were to come to the island and hit us, shut us down for any length of time it would definitely impact our financial situation,” said South Padre Island Fire Chief Jim Pigg.
Chief Pigg tells us South Padre Island already has a financial plan in place if a storm comes our way.
“We have reserves in the budget, and we have a plan in place for the financial side of the city and how they function, but sure we have plans in place to make sure that we can continue to thrive,” said Chief Pigg.
To prepare for the hurricane season residents are advised to have water set aside, batteries, flashlights, and have hurricane shutters in place. Chief Pigg also advises to have your re-entry sticker in case of a mandatory evacuation.
“Make sure your hurricane or re-entry sticker is posted on your windshield of your car that way if we do have some sort of situation you are able to make your way back on the island as rapidly as possible,” said Chief Pigg.
Those without a re-entry sticker are urged to contact City Hall.
In case of an emergency, residents can download the Swift 911 app to get notified on any mandatory evacuations through phone, email or text.