MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
Much of our state experienced torrential rains, flooding and tornadoes at the start of 2012. The first snowfall covered parts of the Panhandle and Permian Basin – some areas in as much as a foot of snow. Though not always common, events like these still happen, which is why it is important to continually remind our communities what dangers and threats to be aware of and how to prepare.
DROUGHT EMERGENCY PLANNING WORKSHOPS
All across the state, local citizens, public officials and representatives with various utility organizations are meeting to discuss ways to address water supply shortages and prevent future shortages. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is hosting drought emergency planning workshops throughout the state.
DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN
The 2010 — 2011 Texas wildfire season was a monumental one. Very few areas across the state were unaffected, and to that end, many communities have developed an increased awareness for the unbiased nature of catastrophic wildfires. Now is the time to channel this awareness toward prevention and preparation.
AGENCY PARTNER: RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is charged with regulating the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, pipeline safety, surface mining, gas utilities and propane safety across the state. A member of the state’s Emergency Management Council, read on to learn about the agency’s involvement in natural and manmade disasters and more.