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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 2

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

FEMA SEEKS COMMENTS ON A PUBLIC ASSISTANCE DEDUCTIBLE CONCEPT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is considering implementing a Public Assistance deductible that would condition States' receipt of FEMA reimbursement for the repair and replacement of public infrastructure damaged by a disaster event. The primary intent of the deductible concept is to incentivize greater State resilience to future disasters, thereby reducing future disaster costs nationally.

FEMA is providing what is merely a description of a direction FEMA could take in future rulemaking in an effort to solicit further feedback from the public. After considering the comments it receives, or as a result of other factors, FEMA may expand on or redevelop this concept.

You may submit comments, identified by Docket ID FEMA-2016-0003 at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Comments must be submitted by April 12, 2017.

Establishing a Deductible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TEEX FIREFIGHTER TRAINING FIELD DIES AT 99
By Aimee Breaux, January 13, 2017, theeagle.com

Training firefighters was Bryan resident Henry D. Smith's life passion, and one of the largest firefighting training centers in the nation -- the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Emergency Services Brayton Fire Training Field -- stands as a testament to his determination.

Smith died January 11 at 99.

From The Eagle.com


DRILLS HELP HOSPITAL PREPARE FOR THE WORST
By Ruth Campbell, January 22, 2017, Odessa American

From prison bus crashes and fires to ice storms and tornadoes, hospitals like Medical Center Hospital have to be prepared for any eventuality and Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Everett and Ector County Hospital District Police Chief Brad Timmons are on the front lines.

Preparedness, Everett said, means realizing that these things can and will happen.

From the Odessa American

10th ANNUAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (EMAT) SYMPOSIUM

EMAT invites you to their 10th annual symposium, March 5-8, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas. The symposium brings together emergency management professionals and stakeholders from around the state to share information and learn about best practices, new methodologies and programs in the emergency management and homeland security fields.

For registration and symposium agenda, visit the registration website.


DONATION TO AID FIREFIGHTER TRAINING IN LA PORTE, PASADENA AND HOUSTON
By Kristi Nix, January 17, 2017, Houston Chronicle

LyondellBasell has announced plans to donate $100,000 to fund scholarships for specialized hazardous materials emergency training for firefighters from area departments.

The scholarships will fund more than 1,200 hours of hazardous materials training at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station for departments in Pasadena, La Porte, Houston, Channelview, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu.

For cities like La Porte and Pasadena that are home to many refineries and chemical plants, specialized training is considered crucial to community safety.

From the Houston Chronicle


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