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.

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