MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
Being prepared to respond and recover from emergencies is everyone’s challenge. In times of calm and peace, we may tend to relax a little too much--possibly leading to a feeling of complacency. In our line of work, complacency kills. Emergencies within the state can happen at any time and without warning.
Mobile data has become an integral part of public safety response but, unlike public safety radio, response organizations utilize the same carrier networks as other consumers. The problem lies within the fact that carrier networks are not built for mission critical redundancy nor do they prioritize the traffic of public safety.
DROUGHT SITUATION IN TEXAS
Starting in 2011, Texas has broken records when it comes to drought with 2011 being the single worst single year drought on record to 2012 being the warmest year.
On July 16 – 18, TDEM participated in the Texas Tri-City BioWatch Exercise. The exercise was a combination of both operations-based and discussion-based elements conducted simultaneously in three Texas BioWatch jurisdictions for the first two days. The activities in each jurisdiction focused on local response capabilities and issues.