2015 Texas Emergency Management Conference
The 2015 Texas Emergency Management Conference was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center May 12-15, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. As in past years, the conference was a great success with almost 2,300 registered participants comprised of attendees, presenters and exhibitors and over 200 workshops and trainings that focused on traditional and non-traditional emergency management topics, including workshops developed specifically for the families of emergency responders.
New to conference was the addition of a lightning round to the Opening Ceremony, during which a representative of a local jurisdiction from each Texas Department of Public Safety region provided an eight minute presentation on a pressing issue or best practice in their area to promote affiliation, communication and information sharing. This year’s key note speaker, Dr. Richard Knabb of the National Hurricane Center, emphasized the importance of preparedness for what may be an active hurricane season. Chief W. Nim Kidd’s closing remarks also stressed the importance of preparedness of jurisdictions at all levels of government, yet he went one step deeper. Chief Kidd highlighted the need for emergency responders to ensure they and their loved ones are personally prepared too for a man-made or natural incident.
During the conference as the after effects of the ongoing severe weather negatively impacted the state, we, the emergency management community, were reminded that despite the limited, but impactful, events of the past few years, that our circumstances can change at a moment’s notice. Making what was learned and shared at the conference, even more important to the future preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation for each jurisdiction in Texas.