MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
Approaching the end of the year we naturally tend to look back and think about things that have happened. This year saw plenty of significant events that affected the lives of many Texans.
FLASH FLOOD ALLEY
This past Halloween, following several years of extensive drought, central Texans experienced incredible overnight flash floods. Rainfall totals and flooding were at historic levels. October 2013 was the wettest October in central Texas history.
TEXAS SEARCH AND RESCUE
Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) is a volunteer first responder organization with teams in the Austin, Dallas, and Galveston areas focused on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response, and disaster response. Our units are self-sufficient and do not require financial or logistics support from requesting agencies.
In April, TDEM brought in Jeff Newbold to staff a new Critical Information Systems unit (CIS). The CIS unit is the technology component and subject matter experts for all information systems that TDEM uses and may use in the future.