Fort Bend County Annual Emergency Preparedness Workshop
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management plans year-round for disasters of all types, but lately they have been planning for a different kind of event: the eighth annual Emergency Preparedness Workshop.
It is true that we face the threat of disaster in Fort Bend County every day. From wildfires to flash floods, from accidents to acts of terror, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management maintains a basic plan with twenty-two hazard or situation-specific annexes, and is mitigating against risks every year. It is also true that the most regular threat of disaster we face on an annual basis is from hurricanes. Hurricane season starts on June 1, and the Office of Emergency Management holds our annual workshop in May to prepare residents for disaster, especially hurricanes.
This year the Rosenberg Civic Center will host the workshop on Friday, May 30 from 8:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. Residents of Fort Bend County are invited to join us and renew their preparation and readiness activities for this year’s fast approaching Hurricane Season.
“This is always an important annual event for our office,” says Jeff Braun, Fort Bend County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, “the public can come and learn about hazards we face in the County, and things being done to address those hazards.”
There will be displays, speakers, information handouts, and booths representing social service agencies, Red Cross, fire and police organizations, and local hospitals to name a few. The parking lot will display emergency vehicles such as fire apparatus and emergency communication vehicles for citizens to view.
“This event is a great mix of information and fun,” adds Caroline Egan, a member of the workshop planning team, “There’s going to be great information presented and handed out, while there’s neat equipment to see and interact with in the parking lot.”
Featured Presenters include Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Dan Reilly of the National Weather Service, Capt. Matt Carter, Sgt. Scott Soland, and Sgt. Irene Walger of the FBC Sheriff’s Office, Sonya Lopez Clausen of Greater Harris County 911, and Sgt. Ariel Soltura of the Rosenberg Police Department. Topics will cover hurricanes, 911, social media, and more.
“We encourage county residents to stop by to see the equipment out front, pick up some new knowledge from the booths and speakers, and maybe even win a door prize,” adds Braun, “the success of this event depends on participation of our residents.”
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