It’s the states largest disaster training exercise. But that’s not why so many Rio Grande Valley residents look forward to it each year.
Operation Lone Star offers free medical, dental, and vision services. It’s all part of medical professionals and first responders giving back to the community.
Operation Lone Star will be back in the valley next week. The Texas Department of State Health Services coordinates the clinics in six cities in the RGV. This year from July 23, to July 27.
“We prepare ourselves so we can be ready for any kind of disaster that will come our way, and at the same time we’re actually training the public. If there is a point of dispensing at any one of these school districts then they will already be prepared and know what kind of drill that they would be expected to adhere to should that be the case, and it’s especially crucial for everyone to be involved. Because, a more prepared community is a more resilient community, and after disaster strikes, if you’re more prepared you actually return to normalcy a lot faster as a community.”
This is the 20th year of Operation Lone Star. Close to 9,000 people received services in the Rio Grande Valley last year.