DEM newsletter TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
  online       2010 Vol. 57 No. 1
W. Nim Kidd MEET THE CHIEF

San Antonio District Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator W. Nim Kidd, left, intended to start his new job as Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management on July 1. Hurricane Alex changed his plans. Chief Kidd hit the ground running six days early. In this Q&A, he discusses his goals and vision for Texas emergency management.

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Hurricane Alex HURRICANE ALEX AND RIVER FLOOD PREDICTION

Hurricane Alex was the most powerful hurricane to emerge in the Atlantic during the month of June in 44 years, striking 110 miles south of the Texas border. Predicting the impact of Alex on the Rio Grande River challenged agencies on both sides of the border.

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Gordon Wells UTCSR REVEALS THE “LAKE” THAT WASN’T THERE

A major factor supporting Texas emergency response is satellite imagery produced by the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research (UTCSR). Dr. Gordon Wells, left, discusses the UTCSR’s discovery of a “lake” created by Hurricane Alex, adding a major piece to the puzzle of Rio Grande flood prediction.

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Exercise IERSP UPDATE: EXERCISING THE SYSTEM

The need for immediate response following a disaster is critical. When a disaster exceeds the capacity of a state to respond, the Interstate Emergency Response Support Plan (IERSP) allows neighboring states to supply needed resources in a swift and efficient manner using the unified command system.

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Neighbors LTRCS: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Long-Term Recovery Committees (LTRCs) play an important role in the recovery process, filling gaps in the safety net of private insurance as well as state and federal assistance. State Voluntary Agency Liaison Anna Tangredi, left, with FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons Sara Stevens, top, and Patricia Froelich, center, at the Joint Field Office for Hurricane Alex in Laredo, facilitate LTRC development in affected areas.

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Jack Colley IN MEMORIAM

From the crash of Space Shuttle Columbia to the unprecedented evacuation and sheltering initiatives of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, through “rain bombs”, fires and tornadoes, TDEM Chief Jack Colley worked to make Texas “Quicker, Faster, Smarter.”

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