All Hazards Conference in McAllen

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With hurricane season around the corner, law enforcement and first responders are gearing up with the latest training and technology to protect residents.

Nim Kidd, Texas Emergency Management Division Chief said, “It started out as a hurricane conference. But really, the same people that respond to tornadoes and wildfires, and hurricanes and floods, are the same people that respond to terrorism events. So it’s our emergency management process that we use, that allows us to warn and respond effectively together.”

Over the next two days agencies like DPS, Border Patrol, and local police departments will receive disaster preparedness training at one of the largest conferences in the state.

Eddie Olivarez, Hidalgo County Chief Administrative Officer said, “We’re actually offering what is called TCLO credits, which are the certification requirements for law enforcement. We’re offering a lot more hours. Those are very expensive to get. We’re doing them at no cost. So there are many, many police officers here getting there credits.”

And while year after year, health officials and law enforcement learn how to keep our area safe, the driving force is really community involvement.

Nim Kidd, “Our local citizens have to do something to be prepared. They have to have a plan, they have to have a family plan. They have to have an emergency supply kit and they have to be ready to take action when our mayors and county judges tell them to either shelter in place or evacuates. And that can’t be the first time they start to think about what they’re going to do.”

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this year’s conference to share new ideas and resources at the local state and federal level.

New at this year’s All Hazards event is the immunization conference. People will have the chance to learn how to properly respond to a public health emergency.

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