Speaker at the Upcoming Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop Chosen to Serve On Federal Task Force

17 03 2010

Lyda Ann Thomas, Mayor of the City of Galveston, is one of the keynote speakers at the soon approaching 4th Annual Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop.   The Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 8th, at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Mayor Thomas was selected to be one of the primary speakers for the Workshop so she could discuss her experiences during Hurricanes Rita and Ike.

It was just announced this week that Mayor Thomas has been chosen to serve on a federal task force charged with making recommendations about federal policies on disaster preparedness and response.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the parent organization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, invited Thomas to serve on a committee that will evaluate which federal policies and guidance on disaster preparedness need updating; the most appropriate process to update those policies; which grant programs work the most efficiently; where programs can be improved; and the most appropriate way to assess the government’s strengths and weaknesses in preparing for disasters.

The Task Force’s first meeting is in April in Boston.  “My membership will be good for Galveston …” Thomas says. “Hopefully, changes will be made that will be important for our disaster planning in the future.”  Thomas is a frequent speaker at hurricane and emergency preparedness workshops.  Last year, she traveled to Cuba to learn more about how that country prepares for hurricanes.

Fort Bend County is excited that Mayor Thomas will be visiting our Workshop to provide her insights— not only on her local hurricane experiences, but now about federal policies affecting disaster preparedness and response.  Please block out your calendar to come to the Emergency Preparedness Workshop and to see Mayor Thomas speak!  For more information on the Workshop, please send me a note.

Funeral, Memorial Services Set for Marine

16 03 2010

The following article was printed in the March 16th edition of the Fort Bend Herald.  The article was written by Don Munsch.

Funeral and memorial services information has been released for a Sugar Land Marine who died last week in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble, 20, who has relatives in New Territory, died Thursday supporting combat missions in Helmland province in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. He was a 2008 graduate of Austin High School who joined the Marines in June 2008.  Gamble served in the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., the DOD release said.

Gamble is survived by his mother, Michelle Greer, and stepfather, Brad Greer, and brothers Cody and Gunner, who live in New Territory. Gamble is also survived by his father, Troy Gamble, a former NHL and Houston Aeros star.  Jyoti Puri, who lives in New Territory, said a viewing will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of Sugar Land, 431 Eldridge Road.

Memorial services will be at the same church at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a procession to Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial. A reception follows the service from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd.

On Wednesday, a hearse carrying Gamble’s body will travel on Texas 6 to U.S. 90A, arriving at Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home at 15015 Southwest Freeway.  Puri said friends and neighbors will line Texas 6 with posters and flags to show support for Gamble’s service. They will be at the short portion of Texas 6 before 90A (between the airport entrance and 90A) at 2 p.m.  “We are requesting that the residents and children of New Territory come out and show support for this hero,” Puri said.

A tribute for Gamble will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the baseball field at New Territory Boulevard and Homeward Way.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made to Houston Marine Moms at houstonmarinemoms.org.