Workshop to assess Ingleside’s natural hazard readiness

November 30, 2011

By Heather Wade

INGLESIDE, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program and Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) want to hear from Ingleside's community planners, emergency managers, city and county officials and citizens concerned with how their community will fare during the next natural disaster.

These are the types of people needed to participate in the invitation-only Coastal Community Resilience Index Workshop scheduled December 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Humble Center, 2821 Main St. in Ingleside. 

Individuals interested in receiving invitations should contact Heather Wade at 361-749-3049, hbwade@tamu.edu, or Colbi Brown at 361-749-3048, colbi31@mail.utexas.edu. The deadline for requesting an invitation is Monday, Dec. 5.

The Community Resilience Index, developed by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, is a tool that helps coastal communities assess their resilience to natural disasters. The Resilience Index is a community self-assessment that provides an efficient, cost-effective method of determining the community's capacity to reach and maintain an acceptable level of function and structure after a natural disaster.

Workshop participants will hear presentations from community development and resilience experts before taking part in creating a resilience index for Ingleside. The workshop will end with participants brainstorming on challenges to the community. Lunch will be provided to all workshop participants.

Wade, who is the state's first Coastal Communities Development Agent, says she is interested in holding similar workshops for any interested communities within the five counties — Aransas, Refugio, Nueces, San Patricio and Calhoun — adjacent to the Mission-Aransas NERR. Community leaders can contact Wade for more information.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.