MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
I would like all local officials to know that our job at the Texas Division of Emergency Management is to serve and support you. But I would also like to encourage everyone to meet us halfway by taking some first steps to be prepared.
TEXAS FIRESTORMS AND THE NEED FOR WILDFIRE AWARENESS
The vast majority of wildfires spring up within two miles of Texas towns, cities and suburbs – and that makes wildfire education and awareness a key issue for Texans everywhere. It’s now more critical than ever since scientists with the National Weather Service are predicting high potential for massive and destructive fires propelled by high winds to occur this winter and spring.
ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY
Is the Texas emergency management community ready for a statewide electronic planning system? A recent survey indicates the answer is yes. TDEM has begun conducting online surveys to gather information that can help chart the course for the future of the Division and is encouraging emergency management community members to take a look and participate when asked.
READY FOR ICE STORMS? YOUR REGIONAL LIAISON OFFICER IS STANDING BY
When ice storms threaten, motorists should monitor weather reports, listen to instructions from local officials and make good decisions – even if that means canceling the trip. But whether a driver is stranded on an open road during an ice storm or the power has gone down due to ice on the lines, local officials, RLOs and a number of agencies are standing by.
FOCUS ON AGENCY PARTNERS: TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is charged with ensuring clean air, clean water and the safe management of waste in Texas. Following disasters, the agency plays a critical role involving water quality, air quality, public drinking water, wastewater, hazardous chemical spills and debris removal.
TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BRIEFS, LINKS AND TIPS