Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2011 Vol. 58 No. 4

TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BRIEFS, LINKS & TIPS

EXERCISE IT: WWW.PREPARINGTEXAS.ORG
Practicing disaster response plans through emergency exercises allows local jurisdictions and regions to validate and improve their Emergency Operations Plan. Did you know the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Training & Exercise Unit provides support to local jurisdictions, regional and state level agencies, and volunteer groups active in disasters in designing, conducting and evaluating emergency exercises at all levels.  It also monitors local emergency exercise compliance with EMPG grant exercise requirements. Learn more at www.preparingtexas.org.

APRIL DISASTERS: TEXAS CITY DISASTER REMAINS NATION’S WORST
The Texas City disaster of April 16, 1947 remains the largest-ever industrial disaster to occur in the United States history. The incident began when a ship loaded with fertilizer exploded in the harbor. Subsequent fires and explosions in the Texas City industrial complex resulted in nearly 600 fatalities including 27 heroic members of the Texas City Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, see the 1947 Texas City Disaster webpage.

SURVIVING DISASTER: HOW TEXANS PREPARE
The Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, has produced a new educational video series: Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare. The videos show Texans who have been affected by disasters telling other Texans why it is critical for them to be prepared for the disasters that threaten their community. These videos were designed to help emergency management professionals educate their community on the importance of preparedness. Visit the video series trailer website to watch a preview and register for an exclusive screening being held near your community.

SBA DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SEMINARS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES 
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions offers free webinars on business continuity planning. The SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery Solutions to offer small business continuity strategies via its Prepare My Business website. More preparedness tips for businesses, homeowners and renters are available on the SBA’s website.

FEMA 2011-2014 STRATEGIC PLAN
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its Strategic Plan for 2011-2014. The plan outlines FEMA’s focus to foster a whole community approach to emergency management. FEMA also released Publication #1, which it considers to be its capstone doctrine and defines FEMA’s history, mission, purpose, and ethos.

DONATIONS TO JAPAN AND OTHERS
If your area residents are interested in donating to assist survivors of the Japanese disaster, any other disaster, the message to provide is this: Please make cash donations to organizations you already know. Monetary donations help the most because it saves the cost of transportation of material goods. Cash donations also prevent emergency responders from being diverted from response efforts to sorting and storing goods as they arrive. In addition, known organizations can tailor assistance to meet the needs of the area. Visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for more information.

FEMA’S NATIONAL DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM DATABASE
FEMA’S NEW National Disaster Recovery Program Database (NDRPD) is a web-based tool intended to assist communities as they rebuild after a disaster. Available to emergency managers and the general public alike, it provides data on a wide range of programs from all levels of government, along with information from for-profit, non-profit, and charitable organizations. The database is available on the publicly accessible FEMA National Disaster Housing Strategy Resource Center Web site. Organizations interested in offering programs that may assist with recovery and recovering after disasters may contact NDHTF@dhs.gov.


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