Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 3, 2003
Study club hosts emergency coordinator
The Modern Study Club of Pecos met in the home of J.E. and Catherine
Travland on Sept. 24 for a Public Affairs Department Program. The
thought-quote for the program was "I am certain, however great the
hardship and trials that loom ahead, our America and the cause of human
freedom will triumph," by Cordell Hull.
Pearl Gustafson, program coordinator introduced Town of Pecos City
Mayor, Dot Stafford, and Ricky Herrera, Reeves County Emergency
Management Coordinator who spoke on "Preparedness in Times of Community
Herrera said he has been very busy since January attending seminars
and developing an updated Homeland Security Plan for Reeves County in
case of an emergency/disaster. The Homeland Security objective is to
Herrera said we have to identify what our liabilities and
capabilities are and prioritize our needs such as special equipment for
our first responders.
He continued to name some of the places terrorist might target in
our area such as oil and gas areas, Coyanosa Gas Plant, the two
Interstates and State Highway 285 that run through our county, Federal
Courthouse, City and County government buildings and events such as
West of the Pecos Rodeo and Night In Old Pecos.
Herrera said we have to learn to think like a terrorist. They will
often create an incident to cause a diversion before they strike.
Herrera talked of three steps that individuals should take to be
properly prepared for unexpected emergencies: (1) Assemble an emergency
kit for a 3-day period,(2) Make a family communication plan. (3) Learn
more about readiness - know who to turn to for instructions such as
your local broadcasting network. He advises everyone to be more aware
of their surroundings.
President Joyce Morton, who presided during the meeting and
conducted opening ceremonies presented Mayor Stafford and Herrera each
with a painting of "A Dove Flying over an American Flag," which she had
Minutes and treasurers reports were presented by Paula Fuller and
Pearl Gustafson, secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman, reported on a proposed Resolution
which would freeze all existing truck size and weight limitations on
the grounds that long trucks, big rigs, triple trailer trucks, are a
danger to motorists and roads. Congress has taken action on the matter,
resulting in the "The Safe Highway and Infrastructure Act" (S- 1140,
HB-2180). The Resolution has the support of General Federation of
Women's Clubs. Members of The Modern Study Club of Pecos also agreed to
support the Resolution and notify GFWC Public Policy Director.
Martha Jay offered her home to be used by MSC community choir until
a larger place can be located. Choir to meet on Mondays at 7 p.m.
A report from Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, was read
reporting that John and Alan Chappell were both enrolled and attending
University of Texas at Dallas. John's scholarship money from The Modern
Study Club Senior Scholarships 2003, had been sent and the proper
papers for the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship had been forwarded to
Chairman Stacey Webb in Fort Stockton so that Allan's monies could be
sent to UTD.
In honor of Phyllis Stool, long time MSC member, who died September
16th, a donation was made to the Western District Alma Van Sickle
Club members welcomed Betty Lee as a new member and Linda Gholson as
Home Life Department stated October 8, will be a baby shower for
SAFE PLACE of Midland at the home of Joyce Morton.
Hostesses were Juracy Ray and Catherine Travland.
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