Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2012 Vol. 59 No. 6

Message From The Chief

Wildfire awareness

Hurricanes can be devastating to coastal areas, with powerful impacts from storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Hurricanes can also have severe impacts on inland areas too. Therefore, it is imperative to prepare for each type of hurricane hazard. Advanced planning and preparation are essential to protecting property, reducing risk and ultimately saving lives.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Start planning now to protect your families and property.

Thousands of individuals in local, state and federal agencies, as well as voluntary organizations and the private sector, are deeply committed to keeping Texans safe when tropical storms threaten our coastal areas. But we need the public’s help as well.

It is critical for residents to take time to develop a family disaster plan, to review emergency preparations and checklists regularly, to build disaster supply kits in waterproof, easy-to-carry containers, and to stay aware of current weather situations by monitoring NOAA weather radio and local broadcasts.

For these reasons, the National Weather Service and the Division of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other key partners, urge residents to prepare now.

Take the time now to learn as much as possible about how to prepare for our most dangerous storms. I hope you will continue your dedicated support of this key initiative.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®
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