By Commissioner Marianne Randals
May 23, 2014
What does a west Texan worry about, other than water or lack of? A tornado that sets down in the area and brings devastation and destruction.
Who hasn’t remembered the Wichita Falls, Ft. Worth or Waco tornadoes of years past and the Oklahoma disaster of last year, then immediately scanned the horizon, praying that such havoc doesn’t come to us. It is a worry that we can’t control because that’s just it…we can’t control “the funnel.” But, we can be prepared.
In Scurry County, we are fortunate to have an Emergency Management Unit and a more than adequate Fire Department that is incredibly staffed and trained to do what they do—work under stress and in dire situations. Periodically these two units meet and reevaluate, recalculate and reorganize to best stay in touch with all emergencies, and to plan how to mobilize their staffs and the community to be ready to “move in a hurry to bring aid and comfort to a stricken community.”
Jason Tyler of Scurry County EMS and Brad Bawcum of the Scurry County Fire Department are currently revisiting the implementation of our county plan. They are looking at the sites for staging medical assistance, the supplies that are needed for the immediate needs of the afflicted area, communication systems that are not just adequate but “on top of the problem,” volunteers that will be needed and their training, and all elements that we will want to be assured that we have left no stone unturned in the event our town has such crisis.
Our Emergency people and our Fire Department look also at other destructive events—a train accident, chemical spills, a county wide fire. These are all occasions that we don’t want to think about, but the ever present truth is we MUST think about them, and we must take precaution in preventing those that can be prevented, and we feel we are mandated to care for those affected by them.
Scurry County pledges to work diligently for our citizens if there should be such a time of need. Our Commissioners' Court does more than roads, bridges, libraries, and parks. It is vitally involved with overseeing the services of your caretakers. It is a responsibility we take very seriously, and it is ongoing. It is a type of insurance that we hope we don’t have to cash in, but if we do, we want it to be of the highest order and the most efficient operation in our county.
Soon, we will be informing the community of the plans that EMS and the Fire Department have made for a disaster, should one occur. These men will tell us how best to keep ourselves safe and as comfortable as possible if we have reason to activate an emergency plan. Please stay in touch with this website for information as it is prepared, for your benefit, and please spread the word to friends, family and neighbors about this website so that everyone in Scurry County can avail themselves of the ways that assistance, if needed, will be available.