William Taylor Bradford
Storm Plans By City Heads City officials yesterday began drafting detailed blueprints for evacuation, rescue, policing and rehabilitation in hurricane. the event of a The detailed planning, enlarging upon general plans announced a few weeks ngo, will be completed us quickly as possible in order provide maximum operating efficiency in case a storm strikes Corpus Christi. Well into the hurricane season, the Gulf coast thus far hasn't had a hurricane scare but city officials want to be ready in case one develops. Actually, the new planning is designed to up-date storm plans which the city has maintained almost constantly in recent history. Meeting yesterday at the South Staples Street fire station were Director of Public Safety Joseph B. Dunn; Director of Civil Defense. Earl C. Dunn; Fire Chief John Carlisle; Police Chief Dick Runyan and Sgt. Howard Hewlett, head of the police Accident Prevention nnd Investigation Bureau; Dr. James M. Cameron, director of the City-County Heallh Unit; Col. William T. Bradford, group commander, and Maj. Worth B. Cline, civil defense coordinator, for the civil Air Patrol, and Capt. .Tim Greenwood, Texas State Guard nnd Civil Defense emergency procurements officer. The meeting led to the formation of one committee, to be headed by Capt. C. C. Hagan, police planning officer, for the evacuation of North Beach in event of hurricane-born high water.- Chiefs Carlisle nnd Runyan, of the fire and police departments, respectively, were further instructed to work out master plans for evacuation nnd traffic control In other areas of the city which could be put into effect as needed to cope with any sort of disaster. Dr. Cameron wns asked to submit a plan for safeguarding the health of the city In the event a storm or other disaster affected the water and sewage disposal eystems. The CAP officei-s pledged the assistance oÂ£ CAP Group 22 in any emergency. Plans are being- made to equip CAP planes with air-to-ground communications so the planes can he used for reconnaissance over disaster areas. The State Guard, acting as the city's Civil Defense agency, is perfecting plans for coordinating volunteer manpower and obtaining equipment and machinery from volunteer sources as required by any type of disaster. Emphasis in planning at the moment, Safely Director Dunn said, is being placed on hurricane planning since .the hurricane season now is in full swing. In this connection. Chief Runyan of the police department was asked to provide space for parking a State Guard mobile command post at the police station It can be put into service by police department on a moment's notice, later to be manned by State Guardsmen. The mobile command post, radio-equipped, would be used aa a coordination center for all forces participating In Disaster work.