Texas county to expand response team citizen program
Plan is to train local residents for major disasters
By Beth Kuhles
The Houston Chronicle
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Montgomery County is developing a citizen corps that can assist in local neighborhoods in the event of a large-scale disaster.
Montgomery County Commissioners Court has approved the hiring of a coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team program, which trains residents on the basics of emergency management, such as fire suppression, medical issues, search and rescue, disaster psychology and disaster simulations.
"It involves the community coming together to assist in times of a disaster," said Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. "They can deal with as much as they can on their own, so they are not relying on government agencies."