Department managers are asked to assess their readiness for a weather emergency as UTMB prepares for the 2009 storm season, according to Dr. Joan Richardson and Mike Megna, institutional emergency preparedness officers.

“We are not completely recovered from Hurricane Ike and will not be by June 1,” Richardson said. “Our personnel are still dispersed, departments are in different locations and critical infrastructure is stressed,” she said.

Department directors should identify their needs and submit a copy of their assessments and changes to their emergency plans no later than June 1. Mail the completed assessment to Mike Megna, Mail Route 1116, or e-mail it to

“We need to better know what gaps exist, how department plans need to be modified, or if new plans need to be developed,” Megna said.

For more information, contact Megna at 409-772-5107,, or Richardson at 409-772-1596,