ALAMO, RGV – Many low-income residents in the Rio Grande Valley do not secure disaster aid or relief when natural disasters or an emergency crisis are in full swing, particularly those living in colonias.

These residents will soon get the chance to partake in emergency training with useful aid thanks to an upcoming event titled, “RGV Community Emergency Preparedness Conference: Before, During and After.”

Ramona Casas
Ramona Casas

The conference will assist, in the option of bilingual training, at least 200 local residents on how to plan, persevere, and recoup when a disaster or emergency strikes. Workshops throughout the conference will pertain information such as storage after a disastrous storm, the importance of food during an emergency, fire safety, a family emergency planning session, and ways in which those struck by disaster can be housed.

“Participants will go home with the knowledge, plan, and materials they need to spread the word about disaster readiness in their communities,” said Ramona Casas, an advocacy coordinator with ARISE (A Resource In Serving Equality) and a conference coordinator. “In the long run, we hope that this conference can help minimize the damage too often experienced by low income families after disaster strikes.”

The conference will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Primera Iglesia Bautista de Alamo, at 401 E. Old Hwy. 83 in Alamo, TX. 78516, with panel sessions and workshops being administered throughout the day.

This is event is sponsored in part by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was created by a coalition of community groups, local elected officials and faith based organizations that include; A Resource In Serving Equality (ARISE), La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Texans Recovering Together, El Valle District of the United Methodist Church, Primera Iglesia Bautista(PIBA) de Alamo TX, Food Bank of the RGV, Alamo Water Supply Corporation, the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, Hidalgo County Precinct 2, Rio Delta Engineering, BC Workshop, and the Texas Secretary of State Colonia program, Agencia de Protections Ambiental EPA 2020, AZTECA, Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council(LRGVDC),Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA), and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TLIHIS).

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this story shows Scott Hausler and his son, Ethan Hausler, 12, walking through their flooded neighborhood in San Benito after Hurricane Dolly. (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum)