CRTFCommunity Response Taskf Force

Meeting Mintues of September 12, 2014

Homewood Suites, Kingwood, Texas---1:00 PM

The meeting was called to order.

Secretary Chris Green was absent so Arlene Holmes recorded the minutes.

Introduction of members was completed. Those in attendance were: Jim DeMasi, Arlene Holmes, John O'Malley, Jennifer Hawes, David Cramer, Kristina Clark, Earle Findley, Carole Chambers, John Psimas, Bruce Bayley, Larry Dangerfield, Steve (St. Martha Church), Kipp Richter, Maria Archer, Carol Flores, Juanita Zavala, Joyce Stewart, John Igoe, Leroy Harrison, Patti Rascon, James Banks, Philippe Cras, Janet Appleby and Carole Chambers.

A motion was made to approve the minutes. Minutes were approved.

CRTF will receive a $1,000.00 donation from the Humble Rotary per Philippe. The rotary has donated to CRTF in the past and again, CRTF is very appreciative of this funding.

John Igoe, HAM radio ARES, discussed Solar flares and their effect on electronic devices of all kinds. The loss of power company electrical transformers would be the worse, as it could take years to replace all that were lost. The effect on communication would be extensive. Richard reviewed what happened in the late 1800's when a solar flare affected the "new" telegraph system. Arlene added comments about nuclear shock waves which would have similar effects away from ground zero. Fortunately, this month's extensive solar flare just missed the earth and gave us minimal disruption and some beautiful auroras.

The CRTF Emergency Preparedness Event was CANCELLED due to lack of participation.

Philippe discussed the upcoming CRTF elections. The deadline for board nominations is September 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. So far, both Philippe Cras and Leroy Harrison are running un-opposed. If you wish to nominate someone, send an email addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your selection.

State: Jenniffier Hawes, Regional Liaison Officer, encouraged everyone to check the new training schedule for emergency preparedness at

PRESENTATION: Carol Flores Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Interfaith Ministries participates extensively in Meals on Wheels; delivering 4000+ meals per day. They also assist with Refugee Resettlement.

A large portion of the discussion centered on preparing local churches for disasters. They provide resources for establishing Disaster Plans. Though most churches work with people in need in some capacity, not all are prepared to help should there be a massive amount of victims. IMGH can also help a church assess their capacity to respond and plan to a major disaster event such as an in-house emergency. One example is: what to do in case of a sanctuary fire when a large crowd is in attendance. Questions to address might include:

Does the congregation know how to evacuate?

What roles do the ushers play?

Has the church ever done a FIRE Drill with the ENTIRE congregation?

Carol said that there are training modules on the IMGH web site or the agency can work with individual groups. Go to: for further information.


The next meeting will be held November 14, 2014 at 1 pm at Homewood Suites