Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
TEXAS FIRE INVESTIGATION FORUM AND SCIENCE ADVISORY WORKGROUP MEETING
January 31 - February 2, 2017 in Laredo, Texas
The State Fire Marshal's Office has assembled the Science Advisory Workgroup (SAW) to review previous arson cases and to provide feedback and expertise on current cases.
The State Fire Marshal's Office would like to invite local fire investigation units and district attorneys to attend the meeting to observe how the process works and to answer any questions.
For registration and conference agenda, visit the registration website.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE FEMA INTENDED PROCUREMENT FOR NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP)
With the impacts of several large flood disasters over the past years, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experienced situations where the cost of policy claims far exceeded the amount of premiums and accumulated surplus. This resulted in the NFIP incurring a debt to the U.S. Treasury of $23 billion.
FEMA received the authority to secure reinsurance from the private reinsurance and capital markets. In response, FEMA created the NFIP Reinsurance Program with the primary objective to diversify the tools it uses to manage the financial consequences of the government’s catastrophic flood risk.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OFFERS TORNADO VIRTUAL TABLETOP EXERCISE
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer six sessions of a tornado scenario on February 21, 22, 23, 2017 and March 7, 8, and 9. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the upcoming tornado season using historical events and recovery actions. The application deadlines are January 11 and January 25 respectively.
The VTTX will occur 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET on each of the days listed above. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch or call 301-447-1381. Additional information is available at Emergency Management Institute (EMI).
HUD ANNOUNCES $177 MILLION MORE IN DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS FOR TEXAS
By Mihir Zaveri, December 23, 2016, Houston Chronicle
Texas will receive more than $177 million in disaster recovery funds, more than quadrupling the amount of critical, long-term aid after a series of historic storms ravaged Houston and other parts of the state, federal officials announced December 23.
The announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development follows the torrential rain and flooding during the Tax Day and Memorial Day Floods and could mean years of assistance for people whose homes and businesses still sport cracked floors and broken roofs.
TEXAS AGAIN TOPS THE NATION IN POPULATION GROWTH
By Lydia DePillis, December 20, 2016, Houston Chronicle
Texas added more new residents than any other state between July 2015 and July 2016, in a year when the country overall grew at near-historically low rates, according to U.S. Census estimates released on December 20.
Texas brought in 432,957 net new people, far more than California, Florida, and Washington, the next fastest-gaining states. Between 2010 and 2016, Texas has grown at a faster rate than any state save the much-smaller North Dakota.