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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 11

EMAT is Working for You

Since 1987, the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) has worked to represent emergency management professionals throughout the State of Texas. The mission of EMAT is to provide an opportunity for members to shape emergency management policy and practices in Texas. Through this mission, EMAT strives to advance the professionalism of emergency management, foster relationships with other emergency management organizations, address emergency management issues, and develop and foster information sharing and mutual support networks for all phases of emergency management.

During the first part of this year, EMAT has been active in addressing these mission goals and is currently working to improve the Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM) credential. Updates to the requirements and application will improve the process for emergency management professionals to be recognized by their peers for their dedication to professional development. The updated process was released in September of this year, and EMAT looks forward to recognizing our members with this certification.

EMAT also strives to be a voice for emergency managers – during the recent legislative session, EMAT worked to provide information on policy matters of interest to our members. For example, several members have expressed interest in proactively addressing the use of drones as a powerful new tool for emergency management. As an organization, we look forward to presenting a unified voice on such legislative issues to ensure that those in emergency management are heard.

Upcoming initiatives will focus on improving mutual support among emergency managers in disaster situations. Our partners in public safety do a great job of creating mechanisms for mutual aid; by continuously adapting, emergency managers can provide a more robust support structure for extended response and recovery operations. These opportunities allow us to gain real world experience while supporting fellow emergency managers as part of the cavalry.

I am honored to represent the members of EMAT as the organization's current president. Texas is a leader in emergency management helping to shape the future of the profession, and I believe that EMAT is a part of those efforts. As a profession, we are stronger together. I encourage each and every one of you to join EMAT and look at attaining your TEM, and I welcome you to reach out and provide your perspective on what EMAT can do for you!

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM
EMAT President
(806) 584-8845

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