South Texas 2013 Hurricane Conference kicks off in McAllen

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:27am

"Learning from the past and preparing for the future." That is the name of this year's South Texas 2013 Hurricane Conference that's bringing leaders together in case a natural disaster would hit our area.

Oscar D. Montoya is Emergency Management Coordinator for Hidalgo County Office of Emergency Management. Montoya says,"Our job is to control chaos right, we are ready to respond and ready to do what we need to do, you know team work is our motto down here and we act on it a lot."

There is no question hurricanes are a hassle but what you don't want to learn is that they can also be deadly, so it's important to be ready, make a plan, and be well informed.

Eddie Olivarez is Chief Administrative Officer of Hidalgo County Health and Human Services and he says, "It is important that they play a big role, each family, each person, they need to be prepared and ready. "

And this means thinking about public health after a disaster, which takes time, especially when trying to pick up the pieces after a hurricane.

Olivarez also says, "Many always think about the impact during hurricanes, but that is only a few days, the recovery efforts can take up to three or four months."

And that means being prepared to have healthy drinking water, plenty of food supply, enough hospital capacity, and even medical supplies when it comes to restoring our area.

Safety officials say it is crucial that everyone is well equipped with the necessary tools and resources to be better prepared in case a disaster would hit our area.

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