- March 2013
I remember as a child being told that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I believe we will be seeing that this year. It has already been an active and early, by about 2 months, tornado season across the south east, with 15 tornadoes occurring in Texas alone (reference). The end of February saw a blizzard named “Rocky” bring close to 2 feet of snow to areas of the Panhandle, while other areas of the state were fighting fires spurred on by high winds.
We truly never know what we will be called on to respond to next. Being prepared is so important, for our families, our neighbors, our community, our county and our state. June 1st is right around the corner. We need to get through what is shaping up to be a busy spring first.
An opportunity to become better prepared is a few weeks away at the Annual Texas Emergency Management Conference being held in San Antonio, TX. Find more information here. The TDEM conference is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn more about the disaster cycle, but also to learn about who your colleagues are and what talents they bring to that cycle. I always come away energized. I hope you will too.
The important thing is to keep honing our skills so we can effectively cooperate, communicate, coordinate and collaborate. And, if you would like your organizations’ training schedule linked on the Texas VOAD webpage, please contact the Communications Committee.
See you in San Antonio!
Liza Carol Chigos
Vice President – Texas VOAD
American Red Cross – Texas State Program Manager
The Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) actively fights hunger on a daily basis. During disaster the demand is even greater. TFBN member food banks distribute family food boxes to those sheltering with other families, food to local food pantries, shelters and feeding sites. We also provide food and water to the first responders.