Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2013 Vol. 60 No. 5

Message From The Chief

As emergency managers in Texas, we all stand prepared to help Texans in the face of a disaster. On April 17th the fertilizer explosion in West was no exception. Fourteen lives were lost in the explosion; twelve of those were first responders serving the call of duty.

Over 350 homes in the city of West were damaged in the blast. This will be a long recovery for the community of West as there are not only physical but mental aspects to the process. The Emergency Management Council, including TDEM, is supporting the needs of recovery and coordinating any other state resources as needed.

Thank you to everyone that responded to, or offered to assist with the explosion in West. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the first responders and all those affected by this tragedy. We stand ready to assist when our support is needed. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is proud to be a part of the emergency management community in Texas. Together we will continue to seek opportunities to make Texas a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®
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