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Trustee Joins Latino Policymakers in Long Beach for NALEO National Policy Institute on Emergency Response and Management

Ana Cortez Manor ISD Trustee Ana Cortez, place 3, joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and leading experts, municipal and county officials, and school board members from throughout the country for the NALEO National Policy Institute on Emergency Response and Management in Long Beach from September 13-14, 2019.

The convening provided Ms. Cortez and Latino policymakers from across the nation with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around planning, response management, and recovery efforts in any emergency situations. Over two-days, Ms. Cortez addressed ways to strengthen emergency preparedness in an effort to better prepare for, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from varioud types of emergencies.

“We always say that student safety is our top priority, and that’s especially true in the event of an emergency,” stated Ms. Cortez. “Because of my time at the conference, I can bring these skills and expertise back to benefit all the students at Manor ISD.”

Manor ISD also has a safety committee composed of MISD administrators as well as Johnny Velasco, committee Chair, and trustees Janie Serna and Monique Celedon. This group is committed to implementing research-backed safety initiatives across the entirety of the district. 

During the Institute, Ms. Cortez received timely information to strenghthen governance skills that supports effective leadership, and had an opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country. Topics discussed during the convening included:

  • Understanding Local, State, and Federal Roles during Emergencies;
  • Communications and Mass Evacuation during a Disaster;
  • Emergency Planning for the Elderly and other Vulnerable Populations; and
  • School Campus Safety and Violence.

A full agenda with more information about the convening is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at