Border Cities Formalize Contingency Agreement

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A new contingency plan is ready for cities along the border.

City officials from the Mexican cities of Matamoros and Valle Hermoso came together with officials from Brownsville and Harlingen.

These four cities plan to formalize communications on either side of the border in the face of an emergency.

These cities have been known to talk and cooperate with each other in the past. This is the first time an agreement of this kind has been laid out in writing.

Tony Martinez, Brownsville Mayor, ” We talk about it, but when our successors come in or something else happens, time goes on. There is no formalization, no writing, nothing to refer back to…Well put it in writing and now we have a formalized agreement.”

The four cities plan to share resources in case of an environmental hazard among other issues.

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