Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2013 Vol. 60 No. 2

6th Annual EMAT Symposium

6th Annual EMAT Symposium

The Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) is gearing up for its 6th Annual EMAT Symposium, February 17th through 20th! The Symposium, which will take place in beautiful San Marcos, Texas, will bring together emergency management professionals from across the state to learn and grow professionally in a friendly and collaborative environment.

Keynote speaker Kevin Tyo, Director of Security for the Circuit of the Americas will discuss preparations for the Grand Prix of the Americas, which over three days saw 265,000 attendees enjoy world-class auto-racing at the newly constructed circuit.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from FEMA’s Randy Meshell, Deputy Director, National Preparedness Division on happenings in FEMA Region VI.  W. Nim Kidd, CEM, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety and Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, will treat attendees to a discussion on Texas-specific emergency management topics to kick-off the Symposium, as well as provide an opportunity for an open-dialogue with attendees on the conference’s final day.

With support from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and other agencies, multiple courses are now available to conference attendees on PreparingTexas.org.  For example, MGT-340: Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making for Elected Officials will be offered on the morning of Tuesday, February 19th.  EMAT encourages you to invite any elected officials involved in your emergency management program who may benefit from this and other conference offerings. 

With presentations covering topics ranging from NextGen 911 to enhancing the resiliency of medical services, and exciting opportunities for collaboration and networking such as the EMAT President’s Reception, the 6th Annual EMAT Symposium - “Flowing into the Future”, is sure to be an event worth attending.  More information, including a schedule of all events, can be found by visiting the EMAT website.

-- Article by Jeb Lacey, EMAT and Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Victoria and Victoria County

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