News Release

March 25, 2013

Emergency Management Officials Share Best Practices at Annual State Conference

AUSTIN – The 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference convened today in San Antonio, where public and private sector emergency management officials are gathering this week to discuss best practices and lessons learned in emergency preparedness. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw delivered the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the annual conference, which runs from March 25 - 28.

“Texas faces a full spectrum of threats, and our state’s vast size, geography, and large population present unique challenges to public safety and homeland security,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Accordingly, our emergency responders must be on guard every day – ready to quickly and seamlessly work together to protect our communities. This conference encourages the exchange of ideas and information essential to helping Texas prepare, respond and recover from all possible threats, natural or manmade.”

The four-day conference attracts approximately 3,000 first responders, emergency managers, elected officials and decision makers from across the state to participate in emergency management workshops, presentations, training sessions and exhibits.

“This conference makes it possible for us to reflect on our responses to past disasters in order to plan for the future – with the sole purpose of keeping our citizens safe,” said Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “This week is also the perfect time to recognize the unparalleled work of all the men and women who dedicate their lives to ensuring Texas is well-prepared for any emergency.”

Conference participants include representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement, border security and port security, transportation and cyber security, as well as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, Texas Military Forces, volunteer organizations and private sector partners. Attendees also include officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care, and public officials from local, state and federal government. Representatives of more than 30 state agencies on the Governor’s Emergency Management Council are also participating in the conference.

For more information on how Texans can prepare their homes and families for emergencies, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/PublicInfo.htm

For more information about the Texas Division of Emergency Management or the 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/

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