The city’s first office of emergency management has its first coordinator.

Celina City Council members applauded as Emergency Management Coordinator Elizabeth Thomas was formally introduced during their July 11 meeting.

“One thing that we all have in common ... is [the] history of this city,” Celina Fire Chief Mark Metdker said. “Not only past history but possibly the creation of new historic moments—that’s what you’re looking at right now.”

Some context

A city’s office of emergency management is responsible for coordination of city services during a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado.

In the city of Waco, where Thomas served as emergency management coordinator before officially coming to Celina in late June, the office takes a “proactive approach” to emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation efforts, public education and emergency incident response, according to its website.

“It’s a unique opportunity,” Thomas said. “I look forward to making sure the city of Celina is ready for anything that comes our way.”

Learn more

More information about Celina’s new office of emergency management can be found here.