TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BRIEFS, LINKS & TIPS
REGISTRATION OPEN: 2011 TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management will host the 2011 Texas Emergency Management Conference April 26-29, 2011 in San Antonio. Visit the Texas Emergency Management Conference web page for more information and to register.
INSURANCE GRANT MONEY FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS
The Texas Forest Service says grant funds are available to reimburse eligible volunteer fire departments for worker’s compensation, death and/or disability insurance purchased from Texas insurance companies. TFS said the grants, provided through the Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program, are a good way to protect firefighters from unexpected expenses following incidents. Last year, more than 400 eligible departments were awarded grants. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 31, 2011. Visit the Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program web page, or call the Texas Forest Service Emergency Services Grants Unit at (979) 458-5540 for more information.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK: FEBRUARY 20-26
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas is Feb. 20-26. Texas leads the list of U.S. states and territories receiving presidential disaster declarations. Tornadoes and floods can occur at any time of year in Texas, with the state also subject to ice storms, severe wind-related wildfires and other wild weather events. The best advice for Texas residents it to be prepared with emergency plans and supply kits – and to monitor TV, radio and NOAA weather radio for storm information. Visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Severe Weather Awareness web page and the National Weather Service’s online Weather Awareness Events Calendar for more information.
ANNUAL AWARENESS WEEK DATES
The National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management encourage local jurisdictions to conduct several educational campaigns on preparedness each year, to increase public awareness about local hazards, savings lives and protecting property. This year, Flood Safety Awareness Week begins on March 14. Hurricane Preparedness Week begins May 22. Lighting Awareness Week begins June 19. For tips on developing public awareness campaigns, visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Your Public Awareness Campaign web page.
The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) will hold its 2011 Mid-Year Conference March 20-25 in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information visit NEMA’s 2011 Mid-Year Conference web page.
DID YOU KNOW
Texas came in second in the nation in the number of tornadoes in 2010. The state that beat the record was Minnesota. According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, Minnesota had 145 tornadoes last year, while Texas had 105. The figures will be double checked by the National Climate Data Center, but experts said there is little likelihood this will change. On June 17, 2010, Minnesotans spotted a total of 48 tornadoes, the greatest number ever recorded in a 24-hour period in state history. June 17 was also a record for the United States as a whole, with 115 tornadoes spotted in that 24-hour period.
FEMA OFFERS LOWER COST FLOOD INSURANCE OPTION
Thousands of people who own homes and businesses in locations recently designated as high-risk flood areas will soon have a new way to save on flood insurance protection. Beginning January 1, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will offer a new insurance rating option that will allow many property owners to take advantage of lower-cost flood insurance for two years before they are required to pay standard rates. Visit FEMA’s website to read more information about this program. You can also visit these websites for more information: National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA’s Flood web page and FEMA’s Map Service Center.