Payne, Bill 1970
Bill Payne, area Civil Defense Director, discusses preliminary weather events of the 1970 Lubbock tornado, the damages it inflicted, the response of the Emergency Operations Center to the disaster, and the medical problems surrounding such a disaster.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: Bill Payne
Additional Parties Recorded: None
Date: June 10 and August 19, 1970
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Interviewer: Stan Valcik, David Murrah
Length: 3 hours
Tape 1, Side 1: Recollection of actions prior to tornado,
Describes weather conditions prior to storm,
Events and actions at actual time of storm discussed,
Mentions mobilization of emergency operations and problems of communication,
Defines function as civil defense director in emergency,
Involvement of hospitals in emergency plan described.
Tape 1, Side 2: Difficulty of implementing changes in emergency policies mentioned,
Medical and hospital responsibilities and potential casualty problem discussed,
Mentions medical problems concerning preparation for a large gathering at a rock festival,
Comments on medical facilities in towns surrounding Lubbock,
Analyzes low number of casualties,
Describes movement and warning of thunderstorm before actual tornado,
Weather conditions mapped at Emergency Operations Center,
Events surrounding actual impact of tornado again mentioned.
Tape 2, Side 1: Information indicating severity of storm reviewed,
Declaration of emergency situation discussed,
Mentions assistance from outside sources,
Preliminary assessment of damage described,
Comments on extent of damage in Country Club area and elsewhere in city,
Path of tornado pictured,
Discusses activities during morning hours of the following day,
Deviated method of damage assessment from written emergency plan,
Use of damage assessment figures analyzed.
Tape 2, Side 2: Continuation of discussion of dollar assessment,
Mentions water shortage due to loss of power,
Damage to communication systems recalled,
Established KFYO as official emergency broadcast station,
Language problem with Mexican-American citizens discussed,
Mentions again the emergency broadcasting system,
Degree of loss of communication at actual time of tornado determined.
Tape 3, Side 1: Discusses time phases and personalities as they responded to the disaster,
Mentions names of people who assisted,
Formation and background of emergency Operations Center (EOC) reviewed,
Description of EOC communication facilities,
Gives general information concerning structure and equipment of EOC,
Possible improved antenna and communication set-ups mentioned,
Relates use of funds for civil defense.
Tape 3, Side 2: Blank
Tape 4, Side 1: Tornado (May 11, 1970),
Civil Defense Center,
Civil Defense Center,
Tape 4, Side 2: Tornado (continued),
Range Dates: 1970
Bulk Dates: 1970
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