Message From The Chief
As another year begins, we look back on an eventful 2017. While Texans certainly had our hands full with various challenges in rural, urban, and coastal communities, we united to rebuild, and these efforts continue into the new year. As always, TDEM staff are ready to work alongside first responders and emergency managers across the state to continue innovating and improving our processes to better serve and protect Texans. We celebrate our efforts and look forward to continued collaboration throughout 2018.
As the holidays wind down and normal schedules resume, remember to make one of your New Year's resolutions preparedness. By maintaining regular updates to your family emergency plan, you can better ensure your family's safety no matter what the year holds.
Additionally, as efforts continue in the aftermath of wildfires, tornadoes, and Hurricane Harvey, consider starting your year by contributing to your community and showing your family the example of true Texas spirit – helping our neighbors. To find volunteer opportunities, check with local organizations. The Central Texas VOAD and Texas Gulf Coast Regional VOAD websites offer a variety of opportunities to give back.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference
TDEM will host the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Join us at this premier event, learn about what's happening in emergency management both in your community and statewide, and network with your colleagues from across the state. Visit the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference website and stay tuned for more information.
REMINDER: Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)
Is your jurisdiction planning to submit an application for FY 2018 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funds? If so, the deadline to submit a completed FY2018 EMPG application package is January 31, 2018.
All jurisdictions are eligible as long as they meet the minimum requirements. States receive EMPG funding from the Department of Homeland Security and, in turn, pass it through to local governments to reimburse them for emergency management program expenses. States, including Texas, require local governments that wish to participate in the program to submit EMPG program applications that include a Statement of Work and a program budget. Download the Local Emergency Management Guide on TDEM's website for more information.
Chief W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®, TEM®
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