Thank you for participating in our Gun Safe Raffle!

Posted: Nov 10, 2018

Our South Plains Chapter held it’s first fund raiser, a Gun Safe Raffle at our November 20, 2018 meeting.

**We would like to congratulate our winner – Jason Haggard.

Jason won a Bighorn 19.1 cubic foot gun safe which had a list price of $799.99.

The cost of each raffle tickets was $10 and we were able to sell 90 tickets.

Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets to assist us in this fund raiser, with special thanks to our organizers, Sean Finkbone, Ben Maldonado, Cricket McWilliams, and Martha Siller.


The ASSP South Plains Chapter is a 501(c) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that has been in existence for over three years and may hold a raffle in Texas under Charitable Raffle Enabling Act (CREA).  According to CREA Sec. 2002.053, all of the proceeds from the sale of tickets will be spent for charitable purposes.  This raffle is not sponsored by an Individual or by a for-profit business.

Erica McDowell speaks at the Lubbock County LEPC meeting in November 2018

Posted: Nov 07, 2018

By Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, SPC Past President, and Lubbock County LEPC Vice Chair

Erica McDowell, District Coordinator, TDEM, Region 5, DDC 2 Lubbock speaks at the Lubbock County LEPC meeting in November.

Erica McDowell, District Coordinator with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) was the special guest speaker at the Lubbock County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting on November 1.  Approximately 50 local safety and emergency managers, police, fire and community stakeholders were in attendance.

After an introduction from LEPC Chair and Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator, Clinton Thetford, Erica began her presentation by posing a question to the audience, “What if your internet connection goes down, are you prepared?”

She emphasized the importance of being prepared not only for individuals and families but also for businesses.  Businesses should have a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

COOP is a best practice for all businesses. Organizations that have a COOP are better prepared for emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, terrorist attacks and technological emergencies, such as not having an internet connection which can cause significant business interruption.

The fundamentals of COOPs are to: Read More

Cricket McWilliams represents Chapter at Leadership Conference in October

Posted: Nov 06, 2018

Cricket McWilliams, Risk Control Consultant with BITCO Insurance attends ASSP Leadership event in Chicago.

In October 2018 South Plains Chapter professional member Jeromy (Cricket) McWilliams, Risk Control Consultant with BITCO Insurance represented our Chapter at the annual ASSP Leadership Conference in Chicago. Region III ASSP was able to provide a $1200 scholarship to offset a portion of the travel costs.

Cricket had the opportunity to participate in several workshops and sessions that shared best practices in leadership, including How to Deliver Member Value through Chapter Leadership; How to plan a Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Leveraging Conflict’s Creative Potential. Attendees at the conference also heard updates from ASSP’s current President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP.

The goal of the annual conference is to provide training for Chapter Leadership and give them an opportunity to collaborate, network and improve their leadership skills.

One of the big questions that always come up is about CEU’s and obtaining credit from ASSP.  Continuing education units are available for programs that are at least 3 hours in length, or as an option 3-1 hour programs, so it is possible to have ASSP Chapter meetings as approved for CEU’s, but Society requires a 4-week advanced notice and documentation prior to that approval.  See links below for additional information.

Chapter CEU Programs FAQ Chapter CEU Program

This was our Chapter’s first time to have one of our volunteer leaders attend this event.  We sincerely appreciate Cricket and BITCO Insurance for setting aside the time to attend this important event and represent our South Plains Chapter.