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Texas develops evacuation plan for special needs residents in response to $11 million Hurricanes Rita nursing home verdict

After a jury handed down an $11 million verdict to compensate victims and family members in the 23 deaths resulting from a bus explosion last year during hurricane seasons, officials recognize a need for a new plan.

Last year, during the evacuation process for those fleeing the wrath of Hurricane Rita, many nursing home residents without cars were stranded and left to fend for themselves. This year, emergency workers will combat this problem by implementing the state’s 2-1-1 system. Once a special-needs evacuee registers with the state’s 2-1-1 hotline, a taxi or bus will be sent to their doorstep during an evacuation to take them to a shelter or staging area.

However, critics argue this plan will not be enough because many residents will not register and the plan will not reach all residents in the state.

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