Blakney, Leonard D 1970-06-11

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Leonard Blakney, Assistant Police Chief, presents his recollections of the May 11, 1970 Lubbock tornado and the operations of the police department.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Leonard Blakney

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Date: June 11, 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Assigned function in emergency plan mentioned, Highlights actions and events prior to and immediately following the tornado, Preliminary work being done at police station described, Desire for a plotting map for future disaster expressed, Search and rescue operations begun, Comments on help from outside sources, Organization of city officials and workers at Emergency , Operations Center commended, Communication problems disclosed, Talks about ambulance service, Shortage of supplier mentioned, Personal survey made of damage, Relates arrangement of duty shifts, Retainment of normal operations in undamaged areas, Discusses looting and crimes

Tape 1, Side 2: Length of emergency situation estimated, Suggests improvements for communication, Damage to police equipment reported, Communication set-ups described, Commends work of all departments, Pass system examined, Perimeters of closed damaged areas discussed

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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