I think that we would all agree that 2020 was quite a year. Like many organizations, being unable to meet face-to-face due to COVID-19, we quickly pivoted to virtual meetings. We were fortunate to have a number of excellent presentations that focused on response and recovery, including those from Rosewood Funeral Home, the Small Business Administration, the Houston Airport Systems and the Houston Fire Department. Many thanks to Rosewood for graciously hosting us.
With vaccinations in progress, we hope that 2021 will also be quite a year, but in very positive ways. It has already gotten off on a great start for CRTF with our return to meeting at the Atascocita Fire Department. In addition, the speaker for our first meeting of 2021, Tyler Parker with Union Pacific, enlightened us on railroad operations and hazmat response. The 2021 agenda includes representatives from the Fire Marshal’s office and SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). SETRAC is critical is monitoring medical services capacity during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional speakers are listed on our website, www.crtf.org, under “Meetings.”
We are committed to enhancing community preparedness and response by acquiring and maintaining knowledge, skills and relationships to connect needs and resources and to serve as needed. The experiences after Katrina and the subsequent meetings that lead to the formation of CRTF in 2005 taught us that emergencies began locally, and we must be able to immediately support our community.
Please join us in person or virtually in our preparedness efforts. Suggestions on topics or activities are welcomed at our meetings or at email@example.com. Our primary goal is to obtain a level of readiness that will enable us to be a force multiplier when, not if, a community emergency occurs. Whether you are with ARES, TEAM Rubicon, a church, a civic organization or whether you are a concerned citizen who is willing to work, we cannot meet our goal and serve our community without you.
See you on the second Friday of each month at 1pm at the Atascocita Fire Department, 18425 Timber Forest Dr., Houston, Tx., 77346.