Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2014 Vol. 61 No. 2

Message From The Chief

Chief Nim Kidd

The goal of Severe Weather Awareness Week 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.

Each year, the National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, local officials and emergency managers throughout the state join together in a public awareness campaign to prepare Texans to deal with severe weather events.  Did you know you could be involved in providing essential information to the National Weather Service?

SKYWARN is a volunteer program of the National Weather Service with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters.  These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.  Free training is offered year round through your local National Weather Service Office.

You can find additional information on severe weather on our website to help get the word out in your community. There are materials providing tips on conducting your own local awareness campaigns, working with Texas media, civic groups and organizations, business leaders and the education community.

Again and again you have supported these statewide efforts to keep our communities safe and to raise awareness of the dangers of severe weather events in Texas. I hope you will continue your dedicated support of this key initiative.

Thank you for everything you do for our state!

Additional links:
  Preparing Texas
  Skywarn Official Site

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®

Follow me @chiefkidd on Twitter, and you can also follow
Texas Division of Emergency Management on Twitter @TDEM

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