MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas is March 3-9, 2013. The goal of this event is not only to educate new residents and generations about the dangers of Texas weather, but also to remind our residents to update their emergency plans, double check emergency supply kits and to be prepared for tornadoes, floods, hail, straight-line windstorms and other potentially dangerous events.
HARRIS COUNTY JIC
In 2005, Harris County and the greater Houston area responded to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The massive shelter at the Astrodome for Katrina evacuees resulted in perhaps the largest Joint Information Center (JIC) operation ever in Texas, open 24 hours a day for almost one month and hosting media from six continents.
ELECTRIC UTILITY MEETING
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) hosted a historic meeting attended by representatives from 17 electric utility companies, two utility oversight agencies as well as planners from TDEM. The meeting was held to discuss how electric utilities currently respond to power outages after a major event and how all parties can best work together to ensure a reliable and coordinated response to those power outages.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS SYMPOSIUM
The Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) is gearing up for its 6th Annual EMAT Symposium, February 17th through 20th! The Symposium, which will take place in beautiful San Marcos, Texas, will bring together emergency management professionals from across the state to learn and grow professionally in a friendly and collaborative environment.