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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 6

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

TMD READIES FOR HURRICANE SEASON
By Sgt Mark Otte, May 15, 2017, Texas Military Department

The Texas Military Department, May 10, 2017, hosted its annual interagency Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept drill at Camp Mabry in Austin.

Each year the Texas Military Department Domestic Operations Task Force invites its emergency-response partners from around the state to Camp Mabry for a walk through of the interagency-plan to integrate the TMD's assets into a hurricane response, should one hit Texas. During the drill representatives of each agency described their responsibilities at each phase of the 120-hour statewide response to a fictional hurricane's looming landfall, this time in Houston.

Texas Military Department

SBA RESPONDS TO TEXAS GOVERNOR REQUEST FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE
By KYTX, MAY 12, 2017

According to a press release sent by Van Zandt Emergency Management Coordinator Vicki McAlister, low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred April 29, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration's Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov.Greg Abbott on May 10, 2017.

From KYTX

HOUSE PASSES BILLS TO STRENGTHEN FEMA DISASTER RESPONSE, RECOVERY PROGRAMS; FLOODING GETS DHS REVIEW
By Homeland Security Today Staff, May 23, 2017

The House recently unanimously approved three bills that will strengthen the federal disaster response and recovery programs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The bipartisan bills would ensure the federal government fairly considers the needs of America's smaller communities that are trying to rebuild from disasters, provide more certainty in disaster assistance decisions for state and local governments and improve FEMA transparency and efficiency for disaster grant applicants.

From Homeland Security Today

TWO YEARS AFTER MEMORIAL DAY STORM, HISTORIC BRIDGE STILL NOT REPAIRD
By Mary Huber, May 24, 2017, Austin American Statesman

Two years ago, damaging winds and flooding waters took out the decking of the Lower Elgin Road Bridge that spans Wilbarger Creek south of Elgin. Since then, neighbors who live nearby have pleaded with Bastrop County to repair the weathered structure, which they say has a unique place in Central Texas history.

On April 10, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

There is hope, soon, it could be repaired.

From Austin American Statesman

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, May 18, 2017

Take the first step toward emergency preparedness by downloading the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app.

Did you know your smartphone can be an important tool to help you prepare?

Many people use mobile applications (apps) to receive updates on severe weather, help them plan for emergencies, and stay informed of community activities.

The Disaster Information Management Research Center compiled apps from various organizations to help you find appropriate and trustworthy applications including those from FEMA and the American Red Cross. These apps cover the following areas:

  • Family Reunification
  • American Red Cross Suite of Apps
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Hazardous Substances
  • Medical and Health Information
  • Responder Support and Safety including field operations guides
  • Psychological Health Tools for staying emotionally healthy
  • U.S. Federal Agencies
  • Surveillance and Alerts such as disease outbreaks and severe weather warnings

Having preparedness information and planning tools literally at your fingertips is an easy way to take action now!

TEXAS A&M, LOCAL EMERGENCY TEAMS HOLD DISASTER DRILL
By Clay Falls, May 24, 2017, KBTX.COM

A plane crashes at Easterwood Airport, social media starts buzzing, and Texas A&M University staff, local law enforcement, emergency management teams, firefighters and public information officials swing into action. As information begins to trickle out, news media arrive and officials work to inform and protect the public as a dangerous situation begins to unfold.

Fortunately this is only a test, one of a number of emergency simulation exercises conducted by the university in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

In this particular scenario a plane taking off unexpectedly accelerates during take-off and crashes. Terrorism is suspected.

Realistic exercises like this allow emergency personnel to rehearse and improve response to best prepare for real-life incidents. Several response areas are tested including operational coordination, communications, public relations and warning, and medical services.

From KBTX


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