MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is seeking input from emergency management professionals on a variety of subjects and issues. TDEM Chief Nim Kidd explains that the goal is to improve processes and to capture viewpoints and feedback from the emergency management community. Learn more about the tools for accomplishing this.
RAMP TO RECOVERY: TDEM STAFF AND COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER
When TDEM Individual Assistance Officers found a disabled veteran living in a flood ravaged carport, it took initiative, teamwork and coordination with members of the local community to resolve this housing issue. Learn how IA officers assist in helping storm survivors in challenging situations.
AGENCY PARTNERS: FEMA PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND PREPAREDNESS
Children are not just little adults and their unique issues must be taken into account during disasters. FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell discusses his agency’s plans to ensure that the needs of children are integrated into all disaster planning and preparedness initiatives – as well as all response and recovery actions.
CYBER STORM EXERCISE: DEFENDING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In today’s world, computers and the Internet have become essential for a wide variety of private and public sector systems. An exercise called Cyber Storm III was designed to simulate a large-scale, computer and Internet-based attack on utilities, banks, communications, transportation and other critical infrastructure.
ABCs OF WebEOC
The State Operations Center has been offering training to state agency personnel and others in the use of WebEOC during disasters and emergencies. WebEOC is a server-based program that is accessible on the Internet. It is intended to improve communications during all phases of emergency management when there are multiple participants involved. It also can be used regularly in non-emergency periods.
STATE STANDARD MITIGATION PLAN COMPLETES THREE-YEAR REVIEW
The required three-year review and update of the State of Texas Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan was recently completed. There are several new features of interest in the updated plan, including satellite imagery, weather alerts and a variety of hurricane-related data.
TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BRIEFS, LINKS AND TIPS
Find out more information about some of the latest happendings across the emergency management community.