McAllen Public Works to conduct full-scale emergency management exercise

McAllen Public Works to conduct full-scale emergency management exercise

POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 9:41am

UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 1:52pm

McAllen Public Works and several other city departments will test their readiness for responding to natural or man-made disasters by conducting a full-scale emergency management exercise, Friday, August 9, 2013, from 8 am to 8 pm.

It will involve converting existing mulch into a berm, at the city’s Composting Facility, located at 15201 N. Rooth Road (29th Street). The objective is to build 2,500 feet of berm along the south property boundary line and backfill 175 linear feet of drainage swales. More than 50 trucks, excavators and dozers will be used in the exercise.

“The primary focus of this exercise will be on debris & brush management,” said City of McAllen Public Works Director Carlos Sanchez. “From a Public Works perspective, debris management is a large component of our response to a hurricane event. This requires a large amount of resources such as equipment and personnel but most importantly effective communication among all the resources involved.”

The engineering department, fire department, radio shop, public information office, code enforcement department and the Hidalgo County Emergency Management Office and Hidalgo County Health Department will all participate along with public works. Resource staging, incident command, traffic control and barricades will also be utilized to simulate a real scenario.

The State of Texas Department of Emergency management will evaluate the roles played in this exercise.

“With Hurricane Season upon us, emergency management exercises enable us to review our emergency management plan and to be prepared,” Sanchez added.

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