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Goliad County is prepared for natural disasters

By BY SARA SNEATH - SSNEATH@VICAD.COM
June 17, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.


In the case of a natural disaster, Peggy Fonseca, the Goliad County emergency management coordinator, has a plan.

In the first 72 hours of a hurricane or other natural disaster, the emergency services makes sure that its vehicles are fueled and ready to respond.

"We also make sure there's an adequate amount of fuel to last, just in case there is no electricity or we are isolated because of the storm," Fonseca said.

EMS prepares to send a crew across the river to LaBahia should there be flooding on the San Antonio River.

"We also begin to put out safety information about how to prepare for the storm, what to do during the storm and, most importantly, what to do after the storm," Fonseca said.

On the administrative side, the county is ready to store all essential records from the courthouse in a safe location, she said.

Essential personnel are notified and know what the game plan is for responding should they need to evacuate their families, Fonseca said.

Finally, county workers and the city are on standby with equipment, such as barricades, should they need to block off any roads.

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