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Annual hurricane, disaster conference blowing in

By Sonny Long
April 5, 2013 at noon
Updated April 4, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.


Area nonprofit organizations continue to offer a wide variety of events. Check them out and get involved.

• Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Victoria Preservation Inc. Home Tour, $15, 361-573-1878

•  Saturday - 8 a.m., Wildflower 5K, $25, Cuero Municipal Park

• Sunday - Noon-5 p.m., Victoria Preservation Inc. Home Tour, $15, 361-573-1878

• April 13 - Cuero Anchor Club Wildflower Bike Ride, register at, $35


In addition to the keynote speaker at lunch and the wrap-up presentation to close the conference, the following are also scheduled to speak at the 2013 Hurricane & Disaster Conference:

• Fatality Management Panel (The Berclair pickup crash - lessons learned)

Peggy Fonseca - Goliad County emergency management coordinator

Lisa Price - Trauma services, hospital preparedness, DeTar Healthcare Systems

Alex Camacho - District coordinator, Texas Department of Public Safety

• Crisis Response

Denise Thompson - Founder, clinical director, Alamo Regional Response Team

•  (Two sessions) Credentialing; The Victoria Partners Program

Jeb Lacey - Emergency management coordinator, Victoria County and city of Victoria

•  Industry Plans For Disaster

Pat Daigle - Ineos safety specialist

Louis Rodriguez - Invista environmental, health, safety and compliance manager

• IT Recovery For Business

Russell Witte - Director, information technology department, Citizens Medical Center

• Workplace Violence/Active Shooter

Felix Applet - Chief of police, Victoria College

• Crisis Communication With The Media

O.C. Garza - Communications director, city of Victoria

• Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Response

Charles Blake, Texas disaster officer, American Red Cross

• Building Plans and Building Codes

Rick Madrid - Building official, city of Victoria

John Sweet - Construction expert, Zarsky Lumber Company

• Long-Term Recovery

John Johnston - Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Victoria County Partners in Preparedness liaison

The 2013 Mid Coast Hurricane & Disaster Conference is April 18 at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

The keynote speaker during the lunch session is Victor Wells, a 30-year veteran paramedic who serves as the program manager for the Emergency Medical Task Force of Texas.

The wrap-up session at 3:30 p.m. features John Metz, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The annual conference brings together experts in fields related to hurricanes and other disasters and offers three separate tracks for attendees.

Track 1 is designed for industry first responders, critical infrastructure and public works employees. Track 2 has sessions designed for business owners, and Track 3 is geared toward homeowners and other members of the general public.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the welcome at 8:45 a.m., and the first session begins at 9:10 a.m.

Registration is $15 in advance and $25 at the door and includes lunch.

A grand prize drawing for a gasoline-powered generator will be held at the end of the conference. Attendees must be present to win.

Online registration is available here, or register by emailing

For more information, call 361-573-2671 or email

The conference is hosted annually by the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross with assistance from area sponsors and partners.



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