Grant helps city, county prepare for disaster

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer

City of Portales and Roosevelt County personnel said they benefited from a federal grant for vulnerability assessments in Roosevelt County.

The equipment and training purchased through grant monies will be used to form vulnerability assessments teams in Roosevelt County, said Keith Wattenbarger, Portales and Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director.

Training helps to identify strengths and weaknesses of area businesses and buildings in the event of a disaster, Wattenbarger said.

“This will increase our ability to effectively manage a natural or industrial disaster,” Wattenbager said. “Severe weather is a part of our lives here in the eastern plains. A part of this training will help us to continue operations and provide services in the city even if a storm took out residences or business.”