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Dallas County Begins Winter Weather Preparedness

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    Winter weather will be here before you know it, and to get ready for its impact on North Texas a table top exercise was conducted Friday to prepare. (Nov. 7, 2011)

    Winter weather will be here before you know it, and to get ready for its impact on North Texas a table top exercise was conducted Friday to get ready.

    The event was put on by the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It included representatives from more than 100 different organizations at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center on 5151 Samuel Boulevard.

    Some of those organizations included emergency responders, independent school districts, area police departments, non-profit groups and utility companies.

    Organizers felt it was important to get as many people to the exercise as possible.

    "So the relationships are there," said Dallas County Schools Board President Larry Duncan. "So we can know who to call, so we know how to do it, and don't have to be inventing it on the fly under the pressure of time and circumstance."

    The table top exercise had two parts. The first part was to talk about being prepared, and the second was what they need to do to respond.

    This was the first time in Dallas County that such a large group of people had gathered to talk about winter weather preparedness.

    "We have been doing it on-the-fly, year-in and year-out," said Duncan. "Dallas County and North Texas have been fairly successful. We just want to bring it up to the next level."

    Duncan said they are planning on have this table top exercise as an annual event.