Hidalgo County helps residents put together for hurricane season by means of cooking courses


MERCEDES, Texas (KVEO) – June previously brought historic flooding to the Rio Grande Valley, leaving people stranded in their homes for days without electricity. In preparation, Hidalgo County offers its residents cooking classes.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting an above-average season for the sixth time in a row.

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“We have already entered hurricane season,” said Richard Cortez, a Hidalgo County judge. “I was on the island the other day wading in the water and the water is very warm. When the water is warm, it usually affects hurricanes. Hopefully it won’t. ”

To prepare people, the county is working with its counties and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for an Emergency Cooking School to teach people what foods they have in store and how to cook meals without electricity.

The first lesson takes place on Wednesday in Revier 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mercedes Dome Shelter. Officials will discuss how to feed yourself and your family during a natural disaster.

“It has become almost common for the power to go out, and a lot of people obviously keep their food in their fridges and then have no power to cook,” said Cortez. “The lessons are about what to buy, what to have in inventory in case you don’t have electricity to cook, how to save some of your food, what kind of cans you should have. We ask everyone to prepare for three days – normally three days is the worst-case scenario. ”

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He adds that RGV has been through a lot in the past 15 months, from the pandemic to the hurricanes in 2020 to the February freeze so they’re prepared for anything. Across the county, they have increased brush intake and taken other measures to mitigate the effects of potential flooding.

“Flooding is not a good thing, so we want to make sure we have all the pumps and equipment we have available to help the flooded areas and shelters,” said Cortez. “We are working with the Red Cross and all other non-governmental organizations to be ready to serve and take care of the people in these emergencies.

Pre-registration is recommended. If you don’t make it, you can watch the live stream on Facebook. Click here to log in and view the schedule for the next sessions.

“I want everyone in Hidalgo County to know we are ready, and we ask you all to be ready.”