“In reality, most people don’t plan for emergencies and are not prepared when they occur,” read a recent news release from the BCSO.
When Carlos Carrizales, Jr. took office as the sheriff of Bee County several years ago, the veteran city policeman was surprised to learn that the department did not have some form of emergency response equipment ready.
Carrizales used some money from the department’s forfeiture fund to purchase what has become the county’s Mobile Command Trailer.
The rig is entirely self-contained and is capable of being activated and on the scene of an emergency anywhere in the county in a matter of minutes.
Once the trailer is at an emergency scene, all communications and emergency services can be performed and coordinated from the trailer.
The command center can be used in a variety of situations, including weather emergencies and fugitive manhunts.
This time of year, of course, is the height of hurricane season, and Carrizales plans to have the rolling command center ready in case a storm hits the Coastal Bend and reaches Bee County.
The sheriff is urging county residents to prepare early for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane this year.
A good hurricane preparedness kit should include:
•A three-day water supply. That means one gallon of water per day per person.
•A three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
•A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio (NOAA weather radio, if possible).
•First aid kit.
•A seven-day supply of medications and medical items to include hearing aids, extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes and cane.
•A multipurpose tool.
•Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
•Copies of personal documents, lists of needed medications, pertinent medical information, proof of address, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies.
•Cell phone with chargers.
•Family and emergency contact information.
•Maps of the area.
•Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers).
•Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl).
•Tools and supplies for securing your home.
•Extra keys for the cars and home.
•Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes.
•Insect repellent and sunscreen.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.