It’s believed more than 3-thousand people will have participated in the South Texas All Hazards Conference by the time the 2-day forum winds up today. The conference is held every year to help prepare local first responders for a hurricane or any natural or man-made disaster. Participants had a chance to take in more than 70 presentations on matters ranging from public health and safety to policing and security.
Officials say because the Rio Grande Valley is somewhat isolated from other major metro areas, the goal of the conference is to train emergency responders to be more self-sufficient. The conference, going on at the McAllen Convention Center, is put on by the state Department of Emergency Management, the Hidalgo County Emergency Management Office, the county’s Health Department, and the city of McAllen.