Q&A Follow-Up

    - Will we be getting a certificate for completing this training?

Answer: Please contact RJ Thomas for more information. (rj@cbcogem.org or 3618835743)

    - Do storm surge models include tidal influences?

Answer: Storm surge models include intensity, track, and estimates of storm size to create the wind field for a storm. This wind field is what
affects the storm surge heights. Also included in storm surge models are the geographic characteristics of the area in w hich the storm surge
model is being run and tidal cycles. Wave run up and rain is *not* included in storm surge modeling and it is important to note that storm surge
models are not a total water level model.

    - Request that Tony Pena share his cowboy rules/code


  • Quotes from my Cowboy upbringing and my grandfather, as they relate to Emergency Management.
  • Get up early, start your day with prayer; go to church when you can; read the ultimate book of plans called the Bible. (It is also a great AAR)
  • You are only as good as your horse; take care of it. 
  • Always watch out and listen to your (cow) dogs. They are our eyes and ears. (NWS)
  • Always make sure that ranch hands, horses, and dogs eat before you do; if there is any leftover, please enjoy.
  • Wear your hat when outdoors; take it off when indoors, especially when eating and shaking someone’s hand.
  • Always tie good knots, or you may find yourself without a horse. (Be sure to have good plans in place)
  • Always keep a sharp knife in your pocket in case you have cut that knot! (Plans change, be ready)
  • Always have a firm handshake, state your name clearly, use “Ma’am and Sir” when addressing people, and please remove your hat.
  • Use “please”, “sorry”, and “thank you”.
  • Take a nap when you can.
  • Close the gate behind you when you go through, but never leave anyone locked out of the daisy chain. ( Do not leave others out of your plan)
  • When leading the herd, be sure to look back every now and then to make sure they are still following.
  • Always watch out for the cactus or low-hanging mesquite branch. They sting.
  • When rounding up a herd always leave them a way out, so you do not get trampled.
  • When pushing the herd, bring plenty of help, just in case they start to stray. (Help is just a call away. (You would be surp rised how many neighbors will help, when asked.)
  • Never rope a mama cow’s baby in her presence unless you are ready for a fight.
  • There’s always a time and a place for a joke, but a headless dead rattlesnake on the front driver’s side floorboard of your grandfather’s pickup, is not funny and makes for a long walk back to the main gate.
  • Always take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.
  • Seek out your elders for wisdom (Emergency managers with experience)
  • Reach out to neighbors when help is needed!
  • Always keep your gas tank full.
  • Always remember to put jack back in place after changing the tire, especially the tire tools.

Marine Corps Leadership.

“It is our job as leaders to provide nurture and take care of the need of every Marine… to make sure that they have what they need.” This is the
same approach we should provide for those around us. Make sure your folks are taken care of and they will take care of each other and you.

Tony Peña, Jr. TDEM Region 3 Assistant Chief.

Contact List


Name Title Organization Email Primary Phone
RJ Thomas President Coastal Bend Emergency Managers Association rj@cbcogem.org 361.883.5743
Tony Pena Regional EM Coordinator Texas Division of Emergency
tony.pena@tdem.texas.gov 956.984.5600
John Metz Meteorologist in Charge,
National Weather Service
Meteorologist in Charge,
National Weather Service
john.metz@noaa.gov 888.579.9731
Melissa Huffman Warning Coordination
Meteorologist, National
Weather Service
National Weather Service melissa.huffman@noaa.gov

361.289.0959 (x


Panel 1

Name Title Organization Email Primary Phone
Ron Retzlaff Emergency Manager Naval Air Station Corpus Christi ronnie.retzlaff@navy.mil 361.961.1725
Crystal Lyons Disability Consultant Crystal Fortune Lyons, LLC crystallyons11@gmail.com 361.947.7201
Hilary Watt Executive Director

Coastal Bend Regional  Advisory Council

hilary.watt@cbrac.org 361.929.5401
Margarito Gonzalez

Safety & Security  


Texas State Aquarium mgonzalez@txstateaq.org 361.653.2653
Dr. Jim Lee Professor of Economics

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

jim.lee@tamucc.edu 361.825.5831

Panel 2

Name Title Organization Email Primary Phone
Garry Barney District Coordinator Texas Division of Emergency  Management garry.barney@tdem.texas.go v 512.424.2208
Thomas Randall

Senior Public Safety  


First Responder Network  Authority thomas.randall@firstnet.gov 240.805.7758
John Phillips Chief Operating Officer

Coastal Bend Regional  

Advisory Council

john.phillips@cbrac.org 361.960.2871
LCDR Keyth Pankau DRAT Supervisor United States Coast Guard  District 8 keyth.pankau@gmail.com 504.671.2236
Patrick Knapp Regional Disaster Officer American Red Cross patrick.knapp@redcross.org 281.384.3404

Panel 3

Name Title Organization Email Primary Phone
Danielle Hale Emergency Manager

Port of Corpus Christi  


dhale@pocca.com 361.885.6612
John J. Nelson Assistant Professor

Del Mar College  

Department of Computer  Science-Engineering 

Advanced Technology

jnelson1@delmar.edu 361.698.1478
Garrett Hagood

Director of Special  


Information Security  


Coastal Bend Regional  

Advisory Council

garrett.hagood@cbrac.org 956.245.8072
Joaquin Jaimes Manager of Emergency  Preparedness HEB jaimes.joaquin@heb.com 210.938.4850
Sam Miller Field Operations Unit  Chief Texas Division of Emergency  Management sam.miller@tdem.texas.gov 512.424.5021