Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 4

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is proud to announce that Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan has been recognized by Government Technology Magazine as one of its 2012 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. Each year, Government Technology honors individuals who use technology to improve government performance, boost efficiency and strengthen services. Read the complete article at http://www.govtech.com/top-25/.

The Texas Citizen Corps Program and the Texas VOAD announce the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference. The conference will be held June 13 – 15, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the conference website for more information. Online Registration is now available. Please note the deadline to make reservations at the special rate of $99 at the Hyatt Regency is May 24, 2012.

Veteran broadcaster Dan Rather will be the featured speaker at Galveston’s annual Arbor Day celebration, Friday, April 27, 2012. Mr. Rather, longtime anchor of the CBS Evening News and a frequent contributor to 60 Minutes, currently hosts the weekly Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, a program specializing in investigative journalism and international reporting. Rather became nationally known in 1961 for his broadcasts from Galveston on Hurricane Carla, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the United States. This year’s Arbor Day will celebrate the community’s efforts to replant the trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike’s salt water storm surge in 2008, says Jackie Cole, President of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, a non-profit established to replant the Island. In honor of his visit, Mayor Joe Jaworski will issue a proclamation naming April 27, 2012 as Dan Rather Day in Galveston. “It’s only fitting, given Mr. Rather’s long association with Galveston, that we honor his efforts to help our citizens replant.” Jaworski notes that a number of events are planned for the day. Mr. Rather last visited the Island on September 8, 2000 when he headlined Galveston’s 1900 Storm Commemoration effort.  Event and ticket information available at www.galvestonislandtreeconservancy.org

On August 4, 2011, the FCC adopted new rules to promote the use of geographically appropriate local telephone numbers, while ensuring that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has access to toll-free telephone numbers that is equivalent to the access enjoyed by the hearing community. These rules went into effect on November 22, 2011, and allow for a one year transition period that will end on November 21, 2012. This video in American Sign Language describes new Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules on the use of local telephone numbers for VRS and IP Relay so people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing have access to toll-free telephone numbers. For more information about the FCC’s ten-digit numbering requirements, read the consumer guides for Internet-based TRS and emergency call handling procedures Internet-based TRS. View the video and frequently asked questions here.

The Federal Communications Commission, beginning in 2008, issued a series of orders adopting requirements for a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), by which commercial mobile service (CMS) providers may transmit emergency alerts to their subscribers, if they choose to do so. A YouTube video on CMAS provides a summary of the program. Beginning this month, the will be active next month for CMAS enabled cell phones. This system does not require a subscription and is targeted via cell tower to a specific area. Visit the FCC CMAS webpage for more information.

Nine Texas parks were honored with designation as an inaugural Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) in a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in The Woodlands. A Lone Star Legacy Park is classified as a park that holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas. To qualify for consideration, the park must have endured the test of time and become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on its grounds. Lone Star Legacy Parks must be a minimum of 50 years old. A Lone Star Legacy Park holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas. These parks have endured the test of time and have become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on their grounds. A designation as a Lone Star Legacy is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a park. Parks have played an important role in the development of our communities throughout history. Much like Main Streets helped to provide commerce and identity, local parks helped to promote community, natural respite and social interaction as communities were founded, developed and prospered and all parks so designated will be included in a state-wide initiative promoting Heritage Tourism. Nine parks in Texas received the honor in the first year of the program including Zilker Park, Austin; Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth; San Gabriel Park, Georgetown; Heritage Park, Grapevine; Landa Park, New Braunfels; Haggard Park, Plano; Civic League Park, San Angelo; San Pedro Springs Park, San Antonio; and Walnut Springs Park, Seguin.

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