Planning for Disasters and Emergencies is Focus of Cooperative Extension Summit

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The recent occurrences of Hurricane Irene and the
earthquake that shook several sections of the United States East Coast
were part of the discussions centering around the theme of Cooperative
Extension*s 2nd Annual Emergency Preparations and Disaster
Summit-Evacuation: Plan to Stay or Get Away, held August 30 at Prairie
View A&M University.

Waller County Judge, Glenn Beckendorff, receives appreciation award from Jimmy Henry, coordinator of the Cooperative Extension Community & Economic Development Program, LaRachelle Smith, program specialist, Community & Economic Development, and Dr. Richard W. Griffin, acting dean, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at PVAMU.

*The purpose of this summit, which was first held in August, 2010, is
to bring together local government officials and first responders in
Waller and surrounding counties to collaborate on the best methods and
resources to use when preparing citizens for real life emergency
situations,* said Jimmy Henry, coordinator of the Cooperative
Extension Community and Economic Development Program.

The Summit focused on topics including Infrastructure Recovery, the
PVAMU SCAN/Weather Station, Application of GIS Technology and
Agriculture Business Continuity.  Participants also had the opportunity
to engage in conversation with the speakers asking questions or raising
issues that were of concern to them about emergency preparedness.

Participants were reminded about the necessity of having a 72 Hours
Essential Kit ready in the event of an evacuation. This kit should
consist of non-perishable food, water, essential clothing, tools, first
aid, medication, personal hygiene items, flashlight, batteries, fully
charged cell phone, important documents, battery operated and weather
radio and cash. Vehicle fuel tanks should also be filled.

Keynote speaker for the Summit, Waller County Judge, Glenn Beckendorff,
told the audience to make sure they know about their local community*s
Emergency Management Plan. *My hope is to meet with the mayors,
superintendents of schools, police chiefs, sheriff*s department and
other Waller County officials quarterly or at least twice a year to keep
everyone updated on Waller County*s Emergency Management Plan. *

Don Elder, Jr., Mayor, City of Katy, addresses Emergency Preparations Summit audience.

Don Elder, Jr., Mayor, City of Katy, echoed Judge Beckendorff*s
thoughts about planning for disasters and emergencies saying that
*Communication is the key when having a successful emergency
management plan in order to keep citizens safe.*

LaRachelle Smith, program specialist, Community & Economic Development, standing, moderates Emergency Preparations Summit Panel, which consists of, from left, Noel Estwick, information specialist at PVAMU, Dr. Richard W. Griffin, acting dean, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at PVAMU, Waller County Judge Glenn Beckendorff, Dr. Gbenga Ojumu, instructor, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at PVAMU and LtCol (Ret.) Keith Stephens, director, Corps Cadets Center at Texas A&M University.

Co-chair of the Summit, LaRachelle Smith, program specialist, Community
and Economic Development, said that she hopes to continue and build on
the momentum created from this year*s event so that the 2012 Summit
will continue to provide a place for collaborative solutions and
awareness of resources available for emergency and disaster
preparedness.

For more information about the Emergency Preparations Summit, visit
http://pvcep.pvamu.edu.

Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: