April 18, 2013
To: Friends and Members of the Czech Center Museum Houston
From: Effie M. Rosene
Thank you for your numerous calls and emails. We have talked with our Honorary Czech Consul General Texas Mr. Raymond J. Snokhous and wife Clarice who are miraculously safe and well.
There is loss of lives, hundreds of injuries sustained and mass destruction. Number of casualties are not yet officially confirmed. The Consul reports a great mobilization of emergency services from all over Texas. The town’s mayor, police chief, fire chief and hundreds of citizen volunteers have admirably organized emergency operations to handle this tragedy. The Czech Ambassador will be arriving shortly. The lively West community has some 78% of its population of Czech Slovak heritage, tightly woven and strong.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved. We believe our nation, our state and our caring community will come together once again for this tragic happening.
Effie M. Rosene
Czech Center Museum Houston
4920 San Jacinto
Houston, Texas 77004