MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
When one thinks of disaster in Texas, hurricanes come to mind. However, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Texas has come a long way in preparing for extreme temperatures and it shows when you compare heat related fatality statistics from 2011 to 2012. We still need to be diligent as temperatures are still predicted to be well above average for the summer of 2013.
TEXAS WILDFIRE SEASON
As of June 1st, much of the attention on Texas weather shifted toward a potentially busy hurricane season. But the lingering drought and memories of 2011 have many Texans concerned about the upcoming wildfire season.
2013 SHOWCASE AND EXERCISE
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) hosted a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin. Various resources, equipment, vehicles and numerous emergency responders from around the state convened at Austin Bergstrom International Airport to conduct interoperability and resource capability assessments, as well as logistical planning.
AFTER A HURRICANE
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland, and can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events.