Better preparation and support from disaster-recovery experts can help fast-track recovery and alleviate long-term costs for communities. With that in mind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received funding from the 86th Texas Legislature to create a specialized program to enhance disaster readiness in Texas.
The new Extension unit known as Disaster Assessment & Recovery (DAR) will help the agency respond more efficiently to emergencies while continuing to provide educational programs on critical issues. The DAR unit is comprised of 19 agents statewide, three of which are assigned to District 11. They are based in Bay City, Brenham and Corpus Christi. DAR agents can be assigned to any disaster event in Texas or other states as needed.
Marshall Mohr was introduced this (Tuesday) morning during the Washington County Commissioners meeting as the new head of the DAR program. Mohr moved to Washington County in 2010 from Karnes County, south of San Antonio, and has worked for Texas Task Force 1 since 2017. He joined the DAR program on March 1st.
Mohr said his role will consist of teaching local officials about disaster mitigation strategies and resources for recovery.