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Calhoun EMC using new radio station to notify residents of emergencies

May 26, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.


The Calhoun County Emergency Management Center

Where: On the third floor of the Calhoun County Courthouse, 211 S. Ann St. in Port Lavaca.

Phone number: 361-553-4400

PORT LAVACA - Calhoun County will bust out a new emergency notification system if a hurricane causes the county to lose communication.

The emergency management center has been testing a special radio station, KMAT 105.1, every month. The emergency station could be utilized this year with experts predicting a busier hurricane season.

LaDonna Thigpen has been at the center since 2000, when she began working there as an emergency management officer.

In 2007, she assumed the role of emergency management coordinator.

The center has already begun the process of preparing for hurricane season. They have prepared articles on hurricane preparedness and on what emergency supplies to carry during a storm, Thigpen said.

The county will also update its website during storms to notify people of danger and to inform the public on where supplies can be found.

Thigpen said the radio station has about a 50- to 75-mile reach around Calhoun County.

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