April 2, 2015
What You Should Know About Planning, Response, Relief and Recovery
Speaker: Anna Tangredi
Introduction by: Lion Alan Ford
Voluntary Agency Liaison
Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety
No one is better equipped than Anna Tangredi to brief us on disaster planning and assistance—and the crucial role of volunteer organizations in all phases of the process.
A native of Beaumont and graduate of Lamar University, in 2005 Anna had enjoyed a full and successful career in the criminal justice system in positions including child abuse investigator, parole officer and parole supervisor, substance abuse program manager and manager of the Crime Victim Clearinghouse. But her retirement after 27 years’ service with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice happened to coincide with the arrival of Hurricane Katrina!
Following Katrina, Anna began volunteering with Central Texas Red Cross, where she remains a volunteer to this day. In 2007 she went to work as a planner for the Texas Division of Emergency Management. She was deployed in June 2008 for Hurricane Dolly and then Ike as the Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL), and that became her official title in October of 2009—only the second state VAL in the nation. Her work also includes teaching Donations and Volunteer Management for TDEM. Anyone who knows Anna knows she loves serving the people of Texas.
ABOVE: Anna on the job in November 2013—at a recovery planning meeting in a South Austin church building through which four feet of water from Onion Creek had coursed just a few days earlier. The temperature was 38 degrees, all the insulation had been ripped out, and there was no heat!
Featured Lunch Menu:
Bar-B-Que, Potato salad, Cole slaw, Coconut cake
Ice Tea & Coffee
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