Heath, Norman 1970-06

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Norman Heath, Lubbock Personnel Director, discusses the Lubbock tornado of May 11,1970, and his involvement with the emergency.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Norman Heath

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Date: June 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Assigned function in emergency plan given, Highlights actions and events prior to tornado, Weather conditions prior to storm mentioned, Describes trip to City Hall and damage seen after tornado, Suggests equipping city vehicles with commercial radios, Continues description of drive to City Hall, Function in reconstruction related, Presents various tasks undertaken during night following storm, Mentions emergency shelter at coliseum.

Tape 1, Side 2: Events of morning following storm described, Length of time before return to normalcy estimated, Discusses problem of manpower, Comments on aid from outside sources and volunteers, Recovery length and problems discussed, Talks about function during the emergency, Work of all officials commended, Issuance of badges mentioned, Recalls the large number of people at Emergency Operations Center, Reflects on abundance of manpower, Commercial radios put in city vehicles again suggested.

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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