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Recreational vehicle parks in extreme southern Texas are on the alert as Hurricane Emily stormed through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Monday (July 18) and headed for the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the Harlingen, Texas, Valley Morning Star, residents at the Fun-N-Sun RV Resort in the Rio Grande Valley received instruction from Manager Randy Tope on hurricane procedures. He handed out hurricane awareness action guidelines, an emergency checklist for people with mobility problems and information about sheltering pets.
Tope also informed residents of evacuation procedures, including the best routes, information on construction projects along with available hotel bookings.
“Things that are not buckled down or permanently attached, we are putting in, out of the weather,” said Tope. “We want as little debris flying around out there as possible.”
Carolynne Fuller, manager of Paradise Park RV Resort in Harlingen, has acquired a weather channel radio and moved pool furniture into the recreation hall.
“We are going to tape windows with masking tape,” she said, though she admits the technique probably won’t be very effective. “We are planning to go into our recreational hall, which has no windows. People can sleep in it if they have to.”
In addition, Fuller is making sure that there is plenty of water on hand. “We have some elderly people. It’s difficult for them to leave,” she said.
Many are also hardened Texans who have sat out hurricanes before, she said.
Ann Lewis, 78, and a Fun-N-Sun park resident, said that she is simply waiting for more news about the hurricane.
“If we thought it was really going to give us a blast right here, we would leave,” she said. “We have friends up in the hill country.”