Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
Emergency Care Certification
Texas law requires persons performing Emergency Medical Services to have a certification issued by the Department of State Health Services; it also requires these individuals to become credentialed to practice their skills under the license of a Medical Director. The department has identified several members with an EMS certification and hosted two Emergency Care attendant classes; a contract is in place with the City of Austin to provide this medical direction through their Medical director Dr. Paul Hinchey. TDEM has hosted three credentialing classes with plans to host others in the future as other persons receive their EMS certifications; currently thirty Eight (38) DPS members across the department have been credentialed by the medical director to perform Basic Life Support skills under the medical director's authority.
Winter fire safety outreach materials
People are at greater risk in the winter season when they cook holiday meals, display decorations, and may use unsafe heat sources. You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community with these safety tips, social media messages, public service announcements, and publications.
Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011
The threat of winter fires is real. Use these statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires.
As the possibility of winter weather makes driving conditions unpredictable and dangerous, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible and use extreme caution when travel is necessary.
If you must drive, please keep in mind that sleet or freezing rain can make driving and walking extremely hazardous. Roadway conditions motorists could encounter during adverse winter weather include:
Winter Driving Safety Tips
For additional road safety preparedness information and tips, download the TxDOT Safety Guide for Winter Travel.
Highway Road Conditions Hotline
Call (800) 452-9292 for current information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at (800) 525-5555.
For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.