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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2019 Vol. 66 No. 5

Message From The Chief

Spring 2019 has thrown a variety of weather at the state of Texas. Last month's storm activity included deadly tornadoes, flooding, and damaging hail. This is the kind of situation that emergency managers take seriously, especially in terms of preparation and response. We never want public outreach to become commonplace or mind-numbing and reminders such as "Turn Around Don't Drown" and paying attention to forecasts and warnings is serious business.

June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Getting caught off guard by such behemoth storms seems unthinkable but even the best forecasts cannot accurately predict the severity of hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week occurs May 5 – 11, is intended to help remind us about the importance or preparedness.

Emergency preparedness doesn't need to be complicated. Guest contributor Olivia Hemby from the Texas Animal Health Commission offers some reminders about how simple it can be, just like we learned in kindergarten.

The Texas Emergency Management Conference was held in San Antonio, April 15 – 18. The annual conference is essential in exchanging best practices and furthering collaboration towards continual improvements in prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. In addition, numerous vendors brought emergency-related products, services, and life-saving technologies to the attention of exhibit hall attendees from across the state. Many thanks to TDEM staff, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the city of San Antonio, and all who took part and gave their support.

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