Hurricane Preparedness Meeting Scheduled For Fresno, Arcola Residents

9 07 2010

M.A.D.E, in in partnership with The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, United Way, and CenterPoint Energy, will hold a town hall meeting for Fresno and Arcola residents to educate residents on hurricane preparedness.

The second annual Fresno/Arcola Hurricane Preparedness and Education Town Hall will take place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at MR Massey Bldg MUD 23, 1575 Rabb Road in Fresno.

There will be presentations and discussions by the Fort Bend OEM, United Way, and CenterPoint Energy on their supporting roles before, during and after a hurricane.

For more information, to RSVP, or for vendor inquiries, e-mail or visit website at .

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.

Houston/Galveston National Weather Service 2009 Hurricane Workshop

28 05 2009

If you did not get a chance to attend the recently held Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop, there is an upcoming opportunity to learn more about the upcoming hurricane season this weekend.  Don’t forget to attend the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service 2009 Hurricane Workshop on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Workshop attendees will receive:

 Up-to-date hurricane preparedness information including,  

  • Evacuation plans
  • Power restoration
  • Hurricane predictions
Giveaways including, 
  • A free hurricane preparedness video and vendor-provided items, while supplies last
  • A free lunch courtesy of Wal-Mart for the first 2,500 attendees
  • A chance to enter a drawing for a free natural gas generator courtesy of the Home Depot or a Red Cross Family Survival Kit by playing the hurricane tracker scavenger hunt
There will also be interactive activities suitable for the entire family including,
  • The Kids Zone Activity Center with Radio Disney, and
  • Visits with R.O.N. (Ready or Not), the interactive robot and Louie the Lightning Bug

Visit to register and view the agenda.

2009 MidCoast Hurricane Conference

8 04 2009

A couple of days ago, I promoted attendance at the May 1st Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop (see 04-05 Blog entry).  Today, I am going to tell you about another conference taking place in the near future.  The 2009 MidCoast Hurricane Conference will be held at the Victoria Community Center (Victoria, Texas) on April 30th.   This conference is being put on by the American Red Cross and has a theme this year of “Together We Prepare.”  Sessions will cover food safety during emergencies; HEB’s Emergency Preparedness Program; Donations Management; and a 2009 Outlook on the Hurricane Season, presented by the National Weather Service.

I am honored to have been invited to be the Keynote Speaker.  I will be presenting information on Fort Bend County’s Response and Recovery from Hurricane Ike.  If time allows, and in honor of the conference’s theme, I may discuss our efforts to “prepare together.”  I am very proud of the efforts we have made over the last few years to make sure our many different agencies are prepared to handle crisis situations.  During Hurricane Rita, and especially during Hurricane Ike, all Fort Bend jurisdictions and agencies worked together to provide quick, coordinated and comprehensive response.  By networking, and “preparing together,” we provided the framework for melding a patchwork of jurisdictional and agency response into a coordinated County response.

For more information on the MidCoast Hurricane Conference, here is the information:

Time to get Prepared for the 2009 Hurricane Season!

5 04 2009

img_2301The 3rd Annual Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Workshop will be held at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford 77477.  The hurricane season begins the first of June, so this May 1st event is very timely.  Those who attend will hear great information on how they should prepare for the upcoming hurricane season— not only for themselves, but also for their family and pets.

The Workshop is being hosted by the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.  Sponsors include the City of Stafford and the Fort Bend County LEPC.  For an agenda, simply go to the following link:  2009 Workshop Agenda -rev1

To register for the event online: