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‘If we’re not learning, we’re limiting ourselves’; Borderland agencies train for weather emergencies

EL PASO, Texas -- Emergency and government agencies throughout the Borderland came together Thursday to discuss what to do in the event of a weather emergency.

The National Weather Service helped host the Integrated Warning Team Workshop, which took place at the Emergency Operations Center. The event involved Doña Ana County, El Paso County and others in the region.

"In our philosophy, we are an urban island and there is virtually very little resources within the community," said Alfred Paul Chavez, an emergency management specialist with the Office of Emergency Management. "We need to ensure that those networks, this communication, those roads and bridges are built so when things do happen we can call on a friendly face."

One of the main goals of the training was build relationships between agencies, setting the region up for success in case assistance during an emergency is needed.

"Some of the topics include high winds, cold weather emergencies, heat related emergencies," Chavez said. "We develop this networking across the region, even into Doña Ana County, to ensure the communication, and we develop these relationships ahead of time."

Madeline Ottilie

Madeline Ottilie is a reporter on Good Morning El Paso and co-anchors ABC-7 at noon.

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