Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 12

Message From The Chief

After an unseasonably warm Fall, winter has arrived in Texas.  Although severe winter storms are not a normal occurrence statewide, Texans are still vulnerable.  The severe winter storms that spread ice and snow from the Panhandle to the Valley are just short of two years ago.  This is an important time for all Texans to know how to prepare for this type of weather event as it can move in suddenly.

In addition, I encourage the emergency management community, local officials and citizens to remain firewise. Though the temperatures might be getting colder, the threat of fire still remains. I encourage every citizen to take the necessary steps now to ensure their home heating systems work properly and that any unnecessary brush and debris around your property is properly disposed of.

I encourage your family, staff and community to have emergency supply kits assembled and ensure personal emergency plans are up to date. Though we do not know what emergencies lie ahead of us, I do know that the more Texans are prepared the better able we are to respond and recover.

Below are links to more information about winter weather in Texas and how you and your family can become better prepared.

National Weather Service, Winter Weather Safety Awareness

National Weather Service, Winter Weather Tip Sheet

Texas Department of Transportation: Road Conditions

Texas Division of Emergency Management: Winter Weather Awareness

Texas Division of Emergency Management: Wildfire Awareness

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®
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