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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 3

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

CENTRAL TEXAS NOW HAS AN AIR TANKER BASE TO HELP FIGHT WILDFIRES
From Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp joined State Rep. John Cyrier and officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service on Thursday to unveil the newly established Austin Airtanker Base at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The base is the first, state-funded portable airtanker base in Central Texas and is able to accommodate even the largest of aircraft used to drop fire retardant during wildfires. While it is based in Austin, it is portable in order to move to other parts of the state as needed.

From Texas A&M Forest Service

PREPARE FOR SPRING FLOODING
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, February 9, 2017

Spring will be here before we know it. Prepare for possible spring flooding now before it sneaks up on you.

Follow these tips from Ready.gov to make sure you, your family and your home are ready for flooding:

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

For more flood safety information, download the America's PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Flood guide.


DONALD GALLOWAY AWARDED THE 2017 REGENTS FELLOW SERVICE AWARD
From Texas A&M Forest Service

Donald Galloway of Texas A&M Forest Service was awarded the 2017 Regents Fellow Service Award from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The award was presented Feb. 8 at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Galloway is the Chief of Staff for Texas A&M Forest Service and in his nearly three decades of work has helped define the expectations for wildland fire response; the responsibility of the state in a tiered incident response system; and what a state agency can truly be.

From Texas A&M Forest Service

CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITIES DRAFT DISASTER PLAN UPDATE
By Leslee Bassman, February 14, 2017, Community Impact

During January, planners of the regional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan update, conducted workshops to explain the project. The update is required as a precursor for Travis County and local jurisdictions to qualify for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These funds can be used for proactive projects that decrease the potential loss from a natural disaster.

From Community Impact

NACOGDOCHES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMT STUDENT 'DISPATCHED' TO MOCK CASUALTY SCENARIO
By Khyati Patel, February 12, KTRE

Emergency service professionals save lives every day.

Training the mind to stay calm under high pressure circumstances takes a lot mental practice and for that reason Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital EMT class used their classroom skills at the annual field day. More than 20 students took part in the mock training.

The scene, a two vehicle car crash involving lives of 12 injured people.

From KTRE


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