Are we ready?
The council voted 6-0 on Thursday, March 17, to hire retired emergency management coordinator Randy Sijansky of Corpus Christi to do conduct the evaluation. Councilman Rick Pratt was absent.
No specific price tag for Sijansky’s services was mentioned, but the motion approved by council called for paying him up to $9,000.
Sijansky retired last year from his job as emergency management coordinator for the city of Corpus Christi. He previously was a regional liaison officer with the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
“ I can’t say enough about the qualifications that this gent leman brings to the table,” said Mayor Ke it h McMullin, who placed the assessment idea on the agenda. “I think it would be money wellspent for the citizens of Port Aransas.”
Police Chief Scott Burroughs, who is designated the city’s official emergency manager, agreed.
“I think this is a golden opportunity to bring in a true expert,” Burroughs said.
Sijanksy said he plans to meet with city department heads first and then do “a comprehensive review of the city’s preparation, response and recovery plans.”
Sijansky will check out the city’s timelines for evacuations. A look at ferry operations will be part of that, he said.
The consultant also will review the kinds of heavy equipment that the city has on hand and what kinds of con- tracts Port Aransas has with companies that will help the town recover from a disaster, such as by clearing debris.
He said he will examine whether the city will be able to obtain an adequate fresh water supply if a storm causes an interruption in service.
Also to be looked at will be city personnel training levels. Sijansky said he might propose exercises for employees to go through to increase their preparedness.
There’s plenty more to explore, Sijansky said. He said it may take him a few months to finish the assessment. He isn’t sure when he’ll start, he said.
McMullin said he is hoping the assessment will be finished before the most volatile part of hurricane season begins.
Hurricane season runs from June 1through Nov. 30, with the most active part of the season coming in late summer.
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