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Disaster preparedness discussed

by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG — Dr. John Davis of Walsenburg met with the Huerfano County Commissioners to discuss “all threats preparedness” for the county.
Dr. Davis is an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. He wanted to discuss the setup of a possible “super committee” made up of local governing bodies, and groups and organizations from the private sector to meet any disaster situation that could come about.
Dr. Davis noted that small communities could be targets of terrorism attacks just to let people know terrorists could hit anywhere they might choose to upset the lives of citizens. The idea is to have pre-arranged contractual arrangements with private companies and organizations to assist local government when a disaster of any sort might arise, be it wildfires, health outbreaks, terrorism, etc.
Diego Bobian, who heads the disaster preparedness organization for the county, said he would be glad to update Dr. Davis on what is in place so far and see what can be done to improve it. Bobian said getting a group of Red Cross volunteers set up in Huerfano County has been the biggest challenge with more volunteer assistance needed. Contact Bobian if you are interested.
The City of Walsenburg, the county and Town of La Veta may discuss this topic at an upcoming CCT (City, County, Town) meeting to be scheduled next month.

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