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Contact:Fort Bend County OEM
Phone: (281) 342-6185
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Richmond, TX 77469
Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Fort Bend County Annual Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Citizens Encouraged to Attend

Posted May 27, 2014 5:30:09 PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Richmond, Texas - 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.

Members of the Fort Bend Regional SWAT Team with Dan Timmins and the SWAT Team BearCat at the 2012 workshopIt 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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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 600,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

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