Not everyone thinks that the hurricane task force plan that Governor Perry recently mandated is a good idea; in particular, the recommendation to make the governor the sole decision-maker on when evacuations should occur was criticized.
Giving the governor the authority to order evacuations would require a change in state law.
That is a change that Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas does not want to see.
Thomas said that as mayor of Galveston, she and the county judge would have firsthand knowledge of the happenings on the island and in Galveston County.
"The authority given to mayors and county judges should not be diminished and turned over to the governor," she said. "As a Category 4 storm approaches the city of Galveston, a governor sitting in Austin and a president sitting in Washington will not know what is actually going on in that particular community."
Brazoria County Judge John Willy concurs with Thomas, saying local officials are better qualified to determine the needs of residents.
"Brazoria County has been having storms for as long as people have been here. We know how to handle ourselves during the storm. We know when to get the people out of the area that is going to be affected by floods. If they know better than us in Austin, and he (Perry) puts it into law then, of course, we'll abide by it."
He added: "Bottom line is, we want to work with the governor and our neighboring counties. We want to have a traffic management in place so when it crosses the jurisdictional lines that the people north or west of us understand what the needs are and how we can help people move."