Lorna Armstrong and James Laudermilk on Emergency Preparedness, and Cris Emrich - Dallas Arboretum

Sep 17, 2011

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Cris Emrich was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Texas. After finishing her degree in Austin, TX she spent fifteen years in New Orleans working in the beer industry. After 25 years of marketing to the 21-29 year old male demographic, Cris decided that she wanted to take on a new a marketing challenge. At the Dallas Arboretum, Cris is able to reach everybody from ‘womb to tomb’ by sharing the beauty and educational experiences that the Arboretum has to offer.

Having spent many years as a board member on the Council on Aging in New Orleans, Cris knows that our seniors need to stay healthy and active and she loves to share how the Arboretum can help seniors achieve those goals. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218 and their website is Cris can also be reached by phone at 214-796-2131.

James Laudermilk is a Georgia native.  Growing up in Walton County, he volunteered at the fire department when he was 17 years old.  Two years later, the department offered him a paid position as a fire fighter.  He has been serving both Walton County and now Fulton County for the last 18 years.  James is now Crew Chief for the Sandy Springs Fire Department.  In addition to serving the public fighting fires, James and the Sandy Springs Fire Department are committed to community education through certification programs for emergency response.  Since the program’s inception, the Sandy Springs Fire Department has trained more than 100 individuals.  These programs are offered on a monthly basis and are free to the public.  For more information about the program, or to register for the City’s 911 or Swift 911 program, visit their website at  James can be reached directly at 404-368-6490, or via email at

Originally from Southern California, Lorna Armstrong was deeply impacted by a 7.0 earthquake near her home in Northridge in 1994.  Having seen firsthand what it was like to be without water, power, gas and other basic services, Lorna joined her fire department’s local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  When she moved to Alpharetta in 1998, she joined the CERT program in that community as well.  After 25 years in the corporate world, Lorna decided to make a business out of her passion for emergency preparedness, and formed Armstrong Emergency Readiness in 2009.  The mission of her company is to prepare families for any type of emergency, whether it is a “shelter in place” emergency, or an evacuation.  She trains families, caregivers and others on what to put in the Emergency Preparedness “kit” and how to be ready to survive the aftermath of an emergency.  For more information, please contact Lorna at (404) 952-0647, or visit her website at

Special thanks to Griswold Special Care, providers of high quality, affordable in home senior care in Dallas and Atlanta, for hosting today’s show!