Last May’s tornado showed we should be vigilant

Last May’s tornado showed we should be vigilant

Last May, a tornado battered several neighborhoods along a two-mile path in Bryan, damaging more than 150 homes. No major injuries were reported, but the dangerous storm served as a wake-up call for the Bryan-College Station community. Just because tornadoes have been rare in our area doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant and well-prepared. Continue reading Last May’s tornado showed we should be vigilant

Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 14)

Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 14)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:19 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:20 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No items were pulled for discussion.

6:49 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness

The council heard a presentation about regional search and rescue assets as well as emergency preparedness resources, operational capacity, and guidelines.

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (about 6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Emergency Preparedness: In the workshop, the council will hear a presentation about the area’s search and rescue capabilities and emergency response resources.
  2. 2014 CouncilReplacement Bomb Suits: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider approving the $64,000 purchase of two new explosive ordnance device suits. The Police Department’s current bomb suits have expired.
  3. Luther Street Rehabilitation: The council will consider a $1.1 million contract for the reconstruction of Luther Street from Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Penberthy Road. The project will also relocate a waterline.
  4. Rock Prairie Road Widening: The council will consider a $3.94 million contract to improve the capacity of Rock Prairie Road and align additional lanes with the State Highway 6 overpass. The project will extend from Normand Drive to several hundred feet east of the highway. Improvements include concrete pavement, sidewalks, and a new traffic signal at Longmire Drive.
  5. Veterans Park Athletic Complex Build-out: The council will consider a $390,000 contract for engineering services related to design and construction of Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-Out. The project includes two new synthetic turf athletic fields, lighting, parking, and amenities, and would be financed through the Hotel Tax Fund.

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Severe Weather Week marks start of tornado season

Severe Weather Week marks start of tornado season

 

Editor’s Note: Gov. Greg Abbott has proclaimed this as Severe Weather Awareness Week. This blog was originally published on April 30, 2014 under the headline “Tornado preparation is important – even in BCS.”

By Brian Hilton, Emergency Management Coordinator

The Bryan-College Station area has had its share of funnel clouds and tornado scares over the years, but we’ve managed to escape any loss of life or catastrophic damage. In fact, straight line winds and microbursts have caused more property damage here than twisters.

Copyright:  / 123RF Stock PhotoAlthough strong tornadoes are uncommon in our area, that doesn’t mean a deadly tornado couldn’t happen. And even small tornadoes have the potential to be violent.

Since 2000, Brazos County has experienced nine small tornadoes, with three rated F1 (wind speeds of 73-122 mph) on the Fujita scale and the rest F0 (under 73 mph). In December 2006, a F1 tornado moved south to north for five miles across central College Station and did considerable damage to an apartment complex on FM2818 and several businesses along Southwest Parkway and Texas Avenue. Three people suffered injuries.

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Ebola has influenced preparedness of local first responders

Ebola has influenced preparedness of local first responders

By Lt. Chuck Fleeger, College Station Police Department, and Eric Dotson, College Station Fire Marshal

Ebola.  

The topic has dominated recent news reports, even on the local level. A virus that originated halfway across the globe has impacted lives in many countries and has affected people in our own state. 

Copyright: roxanabalint / 123RF Stock PhotoWe’ve been blessed not to have any instances of Ebola in our community, but recent events have influenced how we educate and prepare our first responders. While the risk of our dealing directly with the Ebola virus is low, it’s important for the men and women of the College Station Police and Fire Departments to be ready if we need to respond to an Ebola-related situation.

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