The following article was submitted to the CERT Yahoo group by Jerry Reimer and submitted to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors blog by Ric Skinner - "... Some models here for other CERTs to emulate."
Late Friday afternoon, this message went to all Harris County (TX) Citizen Corps members regarding possible CERT use for evacuation assistance.
Since it's inception in 2001, until recently, Mark Sloan was the Citizen Corps coordinator; now the county's emergency management coordinator. For his efforts sheltering Hurricane Katrina evacuees, he was named ABC News' "Person of the Week" for September 9 2005
Harris County TX CERT
Subject: Harris County Citizen Corps: GUSTAV Update Date: Fri, 29 Aug2008
Harris County Citizen Corps Volunteers: If the storm begins to approach our portion of the Texas Gulf coast, we will need volunteers to support evacuation activities this weekend.
If this is necessary, you will receive an e-mail indicating times and location. Additionally, we will active the emergency / disaster button on the homepage of the website where volunteer information will be posted. Also please monitor the http://www.hcoem.org/ website for periodic updates on the storm.
Enjoy the long weekend and again thank you for making our region safer and better prepared!
Mark Sloan Coordinator
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 713-755-4077 http://www.harriscountycitizencorps.com/
Harris County is located in Texas, within the Houston-SugarLand-Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 3,400,578 (a 2007 estimate placed the population at 3,935,855), making it the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States. Its county seat is Houston.