Paul K. Carlton, Jr., M.D., director of Texas A&M University’s Integrative Center for Homeland Security and associated with the A&M System Health Science Center, is making a number of trips around the state to build and maintain ties with organizations involved in helping Texas develop a coordinated “first response” to possible chemical or biological weapons attacks.
Dr. Carlton is discussing developing the Texas State Disaster Plan, or “Texas Solution” – an integrated statewide plan for dealing with contingency involving the threat of weapons of mass destruction – with a number of leaders in different parts of Texas. In January, he met with Texas Hospital Association officials in Austin, leaders from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Medical Director of D/FW Metroplex in Fort Worth, and Brooke Army Medical Center’s Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio. In February, Dr. Carlton traveled to the Rio Grande Valley for talks with Leo Montalvo, the mayor of McAllen, Ramon Garcia, county judge of Hidalgo County, and other influential leaders in the region. Dr. Carlton has also traveled, in the initial months of 2003, to Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss various aspects of the “Texas Solution” and issues in homeland security and disaster preparedness.

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