After the June floods last year, officials in the Río Grande Valley say they’ve learned how to be better prepared the next time a natural disaster strikes.
On Wednesday through Thursday, local officials have been meeting up at this year’s All-Hazards Conference in McAllen.
One of the areas most affected by damage last June was Hidalgo County’s precinct one, which includes the cities of Mercedes and Weslaco.
Precinct one’s commissioner David Fuentes said after the flood, his office digitized all their emergency plans. They have also created more mutual aid agreements between cities and his office.
“For us, our emergency plan is going to be way more comprehensive,” Fuentes said. “It’s going to have a worst case scenario. It’s going to have contact information for the people that we think are critical.”
Fuentes said his precinct now has better one-on-one connections with cities and school districts for faster communication.
This year’s All Hazards conference is highlighting people that respond to emergencies and how natural disasters know no limits.
First-responders and local leaders from across the Valley will attend several workshops and meet with vendors.