Public Works Response Team

Mission
The Public Works Response Team (PWRT) supports local jurisdictions in their response to a catastrophic event by providing critical public works services as needed to facilitate recovery.

Purpose
When a catastrophic event occurs and the citizens of Texas have their daily lives and local economy disrupted, an immediate and integrated public works response provides for quicker recovery of critical services and infrastructure.

The PWRT is a state resource with multi-disciplined, multi-talented, and highly qualified members who support local response, rapid damage assessment, and recovery efforts. PWRT is composed of members who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in public works activities such as Utilities (Electrical, Gas, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, Environmental Safety and Compliance, Communications); Debris Clearance; Structural Safety; Transportation Systems; Traffic Engineering and Management; Fleet Services; and Parks and Recreation.

The teamís response effort is organized and functions in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This PWRT is designed to support local jurisdictions in their initial response and recovery efforts at three levels:

Administration
The PWRT is a State asset deployed by the State Operations Center (SOC) under the direction of the Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), as required to support local jurisdictions in the event of a catastrophic incident. The operationally ready response teams are recruited from local jurisdictions and coordinated with other State Agencies. The teams are made from identified public works disciplines and will function under Memorandums of Understanding and the Texas Statewide Mutual Aid System.

Required Training
Before becoming an active PWRT member, enhance your extensive experience and expertise by completing the following required online training at: http://training.fema.gov/nrfres_IS.asp

You also are encouraged to complete the classroom-based training required for leaders and district or state liaison positions. Those classes are:

Forms

Any questions please contact:

Darrick Hesson
Public Works & Engineering Coordinator
Phone: (512) 424-2288
E-mail: darrick.hesson@dps.texas.gov