Local Organization recognized for Excellence
San Marcos, Texas – When disaster strikes, Local Heroes step up to save lives and support our neighbors and First Responders in Brazoria County. Homeland Preparedness Project (HPP), a local non-profit, trains citizen responders for emergencies and disasters. During the Memorial Day 2016 floods, 300 people that had received training from Homeland Preparedness Project answered the call and helped shelter those displaced by rising water.
HPP Team Members opened three shelters, providing safe housing, food, and all the necessities for life to over 400 people and 30 pets around the clock for 47 days.
”We have the greatest Team Members in the world,” stated Bill Ray, Executive Director of Homeland Preparedness Project. “These folks worked tirelessly around the clock to help our neighbors without one complaint, even over the 4th of July weekend”.
“We think this is the first time a local shelter has been operated solely by volunteers for this long ever in the State of Texas. They really did a great job”, stated Steve Rosa, Brazoria County Emergency Management Coordinator. Rosa nominated Homeland Preparedness Project for the Excellence in Emergency Management Award given annually by the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT), a professional organization for Emergency Management officials. HPP will receive the award in San Marcos on March 6th at the EMAT Annual Meeting.
“We’re very excited that our folks will receive the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they did to help others during the flood”, Ray said. “Through our Citizen Corps program, we train people for events exactly like this flood and other emergencies that can happen in our area. It truly is gratifying to know that the training we provide helped to save lives and make the lives of our neighbors a little better during tough times like these. But like I said, we have the best Team Members in the World!”
To join Citizen Corps, go to www.homelandpreparedness.org and click Sign Up Today! Or call 281-844-3653. Training is FREE to participants and anyone 14 or older can participate.