Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
P3 Workshop Planned In Austin Jan. 25
Recent revisions in Texas law provide for additional opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) at all levels of government. The new law addresses a wide range of project types that include public buildings, water and wastewater systems, transportation and energy projects. The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships will host a workshop in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 25, 2012 on "PPPs and Texas SB 1048: New Tools for Meeting Facilities and Infrastructure Needs. Among the topics are fundamentals of PPPs, an outline of the statute, first steps in the process, examples of how they have worked and financing tools. The workshop will be at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth Street, 78701.
TDEM Employees Awarded
TDEM Mitigation Section Administrator Greg Pekar, Recovery Section Administrator Ben Patterson and Recovery Section Individual Assistance Officer Ruby Dailey each received a Public Service Excellence Award issued by the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Executive Board. They were recognized for their compassion, innovation, integrity, partnership, interagency collaboration and teamwork demonstrated during the recovery from Hurricane Ike. Yearly, Federal Executive Boards across the nation honor employees who have made significant contributions in service to the nation.
2011 Drought Has Damaging Effects On Millions Of Trees
As many as 500 million trees scattered across the Lone Star State died in 2011 as a result of the unrelenting drought, according to preliminary estimates from Texas Forest Service. The numbers were derived by Texas Forest Service foresters, who canvassed local forestry professionals, gathering information from them on the drought and its effect on trees in their respective communities. Using this approach, an estimated 100 million to 500 million trees with a diameter of 5 inches or larger on forestland were estimated to have succumbed to the drought. That range is equivalent to 2 to 10 percent of the state’s 4.9 billion trees. The preliminary estimates indicate three multi-county areas appear to be the hardest hit. The area including Sutton, Crockett, western Kimble and eastern Pecos counties saw extensive mortality among Ashe junipers. The area including Harris, Montgomery, Grimes, Madison and Leon counties saw extensive mortality among loblolly pines. Western Bastrop and eastern Caldwell counties, as well as surrounding areas, saw extensive mortality among cedars and post oaks. Additionally, localized pockets of heavy mortality were reported for many other areas.
Texas Forest Service foresters plan to use aerial imagery to conduct a more in-depth analysis in the spring, which is when trees that may have gone into early dormancy — an act of self-preservation — could begin to make a comeback.
Presidential Policy Directive 8 Dialogue
President Obama released Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness in 2011, which is intended to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation. PPD-8 calls on all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens to play a more active and well-defined role in strengthening the nation’s security and resiliency. To that end, FEMA and its partners have launched an ongoing dialogue to seek input as they develop the next documents to meet the milestones required by the policy directive. This forum provides an opportunity to provide input into the development of several activities over the coming months. Visit fema.ideascale.com and click on one of the topics in the left sidebar under Presidential Policy Directive 8 to share and vote on ideas. Your ideas and votes will help provide insight into what works in your community, school, or business.
An Access And Functional Needs Guide For First Responders
The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute at St. Petersburg College has developed training materials focusing on the topic of access and functional needs. The videos are captioned and the tabs contain significant information on how to respond to people with disabilities and access and functional needs. View these materials here. You also can find additional resources on the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Functional Needs Support Services web page. Links to this page are found on the Grants and Resources and Councils and Committees web pages – both listed on TDEM’s homepage.