Shannon, Bob 1970-06-16

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Bob Shannon, director of Internal Safety for Lubbock, presents his recollections of and involvement with the tornado of May 11, 1970.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bob Shannon

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 16, 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Assigned function in emergency plan given, Begins discussion of events prior to storm, Mentions severe weather season, Origination of Emergency Operation Center (EOC) recalled, Explains Emergency Broadcast System and its function the night of the storm, Weather conditions prior to tornado described, Names people in EOC at time of storm, Plotting of conditions recounted, Recollection of events at immediate time of tornado, Emergency situation declared.

Tape 1, Side 2: Reports aid of National Guard, Reserves and other outside sources, Realization of magnitude of damage recalled, Plots path of tornado, Possibility of two tornadoes suggested, Recalls handling of death and injury reports, Establishment of emergency hospital unit prior to storm reported, Discusses ambulance service, Suggest possible improvements, Ways to minimize casualties presented, Comments on sounding of siren warning, Connections with city health department explored.

Tape 2, Side 1: Need for better communications expressed, Reports on new equipment coming in, Communication lines and their damage mentioned.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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