Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 2

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has welcomed Tony Robinson as the new FEMA Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator. “Deputy Regional Administrators play a very important part within the agency,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “Tony Robinson brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to this position, and will work very closely with our state and local partners to serve the people of the five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.” Robinson has been with FEMA since 1987. He has served as the FEMA Region 6 Recovery Division Director for the past seven years where he was responsible for the administration of recovery programs in the five regional states. He has also provided leadership and oversight during federally declared disasters such as hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. He fills the position which was vacated by Gary Jones upon his retirement in December 2011. Jones served as FEMA Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator for 17 years.

The 3rd Annual Texas Unites Program Committee is pleased to announce its Call for Presenters for the 2012 Conference. The event will be held June 13-15, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio Texas. The Program Committee is extending an invitation to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. This process is being implemented to help the Planning Committee build a content rich program by seeking best practices, programs, policies, partnerships and emerging issues from those interested in the field of preparedness. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Emergency Management, Volunteer Management, Public Health, Disaster Recovery Process, NIMS/ICS Overview, Workplace Violence/Lockdown, Moulage, Disaster Case Management, Severe Weather Preparedness, Tabletop Exercises, Functional Needs in Disasters, Long-Term Recovery, Volunteer Liability, Volunteer Safety, Terrorism, Donations Management, Credentialing, Grant Management, Youth/School Preparedness, and Animals in Disasters. Please use this form to submit your proposal. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 17, 2012. Should you have questions about the Call for Presenters, please contact Julie Martinez (512) 478-4715, or Liza Chigos.

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has released a call for submissions for Pre-Conference training workshops and Breakout conference sessions for the Annual IAEM Conference scheduled to take place October 26 - November 1, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. To be selected, it is crucial that applicants be compelling in both the importance of the subject matter and their own knowledge and experience of the subject. Consider how your presentation will relate to the overall conference theme “Resiliency” within the following focus areas: Long Term Recovery and Mitigation, Mission Continuity, Emerging Technologies, Case Studies, and Partners in Practice – Emergency Management Community. Please refer to the 2012 Conference Speaker Guidance for descriptions of the above focus areas. Breakout sessions are one (1) hour in length (including Q&A) and are limited to two (2) presenters. Pre-Conference training workshops may be ½-day, full-day or multiple days and will not be limited in the number of presenters. The deadline to make a submission is February 20, 2012. Selected presenters will be notified via email by May 9, 2012, and notices will include the date and time for which the presentation is scheduled. Make a submission and complete the electronic form in its entirety. Partial submissions will NOT be considered. If you have any questions or concerns, please email IAEM Program Manager Julie Husk call her at (703) 538-1795 x 1789.

The Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) is the state’s largest association devoted to serving the needs of emergency management professionals. EMAT was founded in 1987, has a network of more than 425 members in Texas and is led by a 20 person Board of Directors representing every region in the state and the private sector. EMAT members across the state are engaged in leadership positions actively supporting the association’s mission to shape emergency management policy and practice in Texas. Each year, EMAT hosts an annual symposium that brings together emergency management professionals and stakeholders from around the state. The association also coordinates the Emergency Management Track at the annual Texas Emergency Management Conference hosted by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. With a continual focus on professional development, EMAT sponsors the Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM) program. The TEM certification increases professionalism and recognizes the individual who possesses the knowledge, skills, abilities and experience to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program through a rigorous certification process. EMAT President, Sharon Nalls, encourages professionals to, “find an area of personal interest; communicate the value of EMAT, not the benefits; and define EMAT’s purpose in today’s economic and social environment as members' views of their professions affect their willingness to join and participate.” Interested persons can be a part of this forward movement by getting involved, joining EMAT and volunteering on a committee. To review current opportunities or receive additional information, visit www.emat-tx.org.

Communities across Texas have found Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare to be a big help in getting their residents prepared for emergencies. Now each story in the series is available in American Sign Language (ASL). Use the new ASL versions to reach members of your community who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can watch the ASL versions online, share them via social media, or download them to show at a screening that you organize. Click here for information and resources to help you hold a screening. To learn about getting prepared for emergencies, visit TexasPrepares.org.

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