Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2013 Vol. 60 No. 11

City of San Antonio Texas conducts its fourth annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop

Citizen Preparedness Workshop

(Top left corner) Paul Yura with the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio explains the importance of owning a NOAA weather radio
(Top right corner) SAOEM staff provided an overview of local hazards to prepare for during CPW (Bottom left corner) Deputy Chief Anthony Trevino, Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran, and Emergency Manager, Chief Lawrence Trevino

On Saturday September 7th, the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) held its 4th annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop (CPW), in support of National Preparedness Month at the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The workshop goals are equivalent to the FEMA sponsored America’s PrepareAthon campaign, which is a community-based program designed to increase emergency preparedness and resiliency.  

  • Understand the hazards most relevant to the community
  • Know the corresponding protective actions, mitigation measures and community plans
  • Practice real-time behavior to increase preparedness
  • Contribute to increased whole community preparedness planning

The primary audience for the workshops has been leadership from homeowner and neighborhood associations.  Through targeted outreach campaigns and regular coordination with community leaders we have been able to reach a vast amount of citizens with our message to be prepared for disasters that affect the community.  The Memorial Day weekend floods reminded us that real-world disasters can happen here.  The record breaking rain-fall affected nearly 500 homes and took the lives of three people.  This year’s CPW also marks the first time an elected official has attended the workshop.  District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran provided opening remarks to over 70 citizen leaders and staff.  “She displayed a natural ability to connect with people,” according to Chief Lawrence Trevino, COSA Emergency Manager.  “We’re excited to begin planning for next year’s event, which will get bigger and better every year.”  For more information about what you can do to prepare for an emergency, please visit San Antonio Office of Emergency Management.

Submitted by
James Mendoza, CEM
Assistant Emergency Manager
City of San Antonio

Ready South Texas



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