Parker County’s Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness Kit Marshall, was recently recognized for her work during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Emergency Preparedness Planning Council.
Some may know Kit Marshall as an EPPC representative for Parker County and/or as the Mayor of Aledo.
However there is much more. She has worked for the Parker County Office of Emergency Management for 12 years, and has recently become a Certified Texas Emergency Manager.
Marshall is also coordinator of the County’s Community Emergency Response Team and Cities Readiness Initiative, County grant writer and community liaison, rural chair of the Regional Citizen Corps Council, and serves as representative on a diverse number of regional emergency management, hospital, and political groups and committees.
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Kit’s wide breadth of knowledge in emergency management, volunteer coordination, and political environments proved instrumental in supporting command staff at the Dallas Mega Shelter, according to the selection committee.
"When a call went out for management-level assistance at the Dallas mega shelter command center, Kit responded immediately," said North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Melanie Devine. "During her time of service, she worked in volunteer management, donations management, (both full-time jobs for an entire team), and shelter operations as needed."
All told, Marshall served 110 hours in just 8 days, twice in shifts exceeding 18 hours. Her knowledge, leadership and decision-making capabilities helped support Dallas staff and Mega Shelter operations through their most critical days and nights.
She did all this while coordinating her own Parker County CERT to meet sheltering needs throughout the region, and while meeting her ongoing Parker County Emergency Management responsibilities.
"There are no words to describe the complexity and ever-changing demands of a shelter of the mega-shelter scope," said Emergency Management Senior Specialist Cassandra Wallace with the City of Dallas. "The success of the effort, and ultimately the relief provided to shelter guests, can be attributed to people like Kit, who gave so generously of their time and expertise to help others."