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Karina Ramírez: Speakers issue call to action for preparedness

Alicia Cotilla with the Denton County Health Department carries a first aid kit in her purse everywhere she goes. She’s also committed to not only being prepared in the event of an emergency, but ensuring that local businesses know what to do.

“That is the first step: It is personal preparedness,” Cotilla said during a Smart Business 101 presentation at the Denton Chamber of Commerce.

“As a business, you need to think about what you need so that your business keeps going in an emergency situation.”

According to Cotilla, 40 percent of businesses never recover after emergencies.

For this reason, Cotilla and officials with the Health Emergency Alert Response Team are speaking to local businesses to ensure they have a plan of action.

In addition to helping businesses come up with a plan — like designating which employee could be a food coordinator, or determining who can act as the company’s point of contact during a crisis — HEART representatives are looking for businesses to also become point of dispensing sites.

“We are looking to get businesses, the large ones especially, to be the closed PODs,” said Robert Martinez, emergency preparedness coordinator with the HEART team. “They can get their training with their employees and their family members. That will help us a lot.”

POD sites, such as a school gymnasium or community center, are used as a place to dispense medication or prophylaxes to the community quickly during an emergency.

By becoming a closed POD, a business would act as its own emergency center. A closed POD must have at least 200 employees, access to a medical provider, such as a nurse, and staff that can manage the site’s operations.

Martinez said closed PODs, which are not open to the public, help decrease the number of people who would go to a community POD during an emergency.

The health department received a grant from the Texas Department of Health to provide HEART’s free service. Health department staff will continue to visit other local chambers to give free presentations, which include resource books with information for businesses.

Businesses interested in getting needed resources and ideas to create their own emergency preparedness plan can call 940-349-2909 or e-mail


Several businesses were recognized during the Mayor’s Quarterly Council breakfast on Thursday.

Businesses received awards from city departments, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and other local entities.

The following lists the awarding company, organization or entity, followed by the award recipient:

- North Central Texas  College: Scott Werley, owner of Radiant Pixel, for supporting NCTC SBDC by providing Web development services to Denton’s small businesses

- TWU School of Manage­ment: Scott Willenborg, store manager at Walgreens on University Drive, for supporting the advancement of Small Business Institute initiatives

- UNT Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship: Ngoc and Van Nguyen, owners of NV Cupcakes, for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement

- Denton Airport: First Financial Resources, for advancing the stature and prosperity of Denton and the airport

- Denton Municipal Electric: Tetra Pak Materials LP, for its commitment to and implementation of renewable energy

- City of Denton, Risk Management: Dr. Carolyn Garner, for continued support of the city’s wellness initiatives.

- Denton Public Library: DATCU and Tetra Pak Materials LP, for its financial support of the library’s annual Summer Reading Club

- Denton Parks Foundation Board: Denton County Animal Emergency Room and DATCU, for continued support of Denton Parks and Recreation Depart­ment programs

- Denton Police Depart­ment: DeBerry Funeral Home and DATCU, for significant contributions and continued support to the police department

- City of Denton, Purchas­ing and Materials Manage­ment: Jagoe Public Co. and Nu-Art Printing, for consistently providing quality products and superior contractor service

- Keep Denton Beautiful: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, for leading the way to Keep Denton Beautiful

- Downtown Task Force: Jack Bell Properties, for investing in downtown Denton’s future

- Economic Development Partnership Board: Mayday Manufacturing Co., for investment in Denton and in Denton community partnerships


Edward Jones, a financial services firm, was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Manage­ment Institute, a national association for the industry. The award was presented during the institute’s annual Gateway to Leadership awards dinner April 25 in Chicago.

The award was given for overall excellence and contributed long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, said Abe and Kyle Nayfa, who run a local Edward Jones Financial Advisors office in Denton.

Additionally, for its 13th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune magazine in its annual listing in January. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in large-size companies.

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The Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Home Care has a new name and a new location. Officials announced last week that it is now called Good Samaritan Society — North Texas Home Health, located at 1007 Shady Oak, Suite 101.

The agency was previously located at 3901 Montecito Drive.

An open house for the new location is scheduled for June 28. Details will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call 940-591-0886.


Dale Wolf of Denton won the 2012 McNatt Community Support Fundraiser drawing on May 19.

Wolf was one of 30 finalists in the annual raffle that supports area schools.

His prize was a choice of any vehicle from McNatt Honda, Toyota, Scion, Chevrolet, Buick or GMC with a retail price of $25,000 or less.

Gene Cole, general sales manager of Jim McNatt Toyota, said that Jim McNatt, owner of the dealership, would cover tax, title and license on the vehicle.

The McNatt fundraiser has provided more than $230,000 to local schools since its start in 2005.

Another fundraiser is scheduled from July 1 through the end of March, with the winner to be announced in May 2013.

Through the program, schools raise funds for specific projects by selling raffle tickets for $1 each, and 100 percent of the money raised remains at the schools, Cole said.


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is