MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
When it comes to courage, endurance and strategic thinking, firefighting is unique in the demands it places on our first responders. That’s even more the case when it comes to fighting wildland fires. Chief W. Nim Kidd salutes the men and women engaged in the continuing battle against Texas wildfires.
MEET DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SHARI RAMIREZ-MACKAY
Shari A. Ramirez-MacKay is focused on ensuring that local jurisdictions “get their money back and recover as soon as possible.” As the new TDEM Deputy Assistant Director for Services she is prepared to do just that. MacKay most recently was the Department Fiscal Planning Manager for the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management.
MEET DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TOM POLONIS
Tom Polonis, who has joined TDEM as Deputy Assistant Director for Response, worked for the San Antonio Police Department for 34 years, serving in Incident Command positions for events as varied as the San Antonio Fiesta and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Polonis explains that his goal for TDEM is "to create a team that is well trained to do the best job possible."
TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: APRIL 26 - 29
Meet the people who have your back at the annual Texas Emergency Management Conference. The conference is an excellent opportunity to network with the people you will depend on to help your community during disasters. Learn more about this year’s conference, scheduled for April 26-29, 2011.
AGENCY PARTNERS: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND SKYWARN
SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 300,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Here’s why SKYWARN training can benefit your community.