Blackwell, Bill 1970

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Bill Blackwell, then City Manager, recalls his actions prior to, during, and following the Lubbock, Texas tornado on May 11, 1970.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bill Blackwell

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Date: 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Recalls first indication of severe weather conditions, Actions prior to tornado described, First reports of funnel sightings, explores his policy on activation of waning sirens, Recollection of events immediately following the tornado, Primary areas of concern after the disaster discussed, Comments on outside assistance, Emphasizes importance of having an emergency plan, Influx of news media mentioned, Response of citizenry and administration to disaster situation, Gives advice to future officials for handling a disaster

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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