Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 1

Message From The Chief

Texas State Capital

It’s a hard to believe it’s already 2015; weren’t we were just getting ready for the Y2K thing?

It looks to like 2015 will be a very interesting year for Texas, full of opportunities and challenges. The 84th Texas Legislature convenes in January, and a new governor takes office. As the new year begins, many concerns from last year and the few years before are still fresh in the minds of people all across Texas:  infectious diseases, border issues, population growth, water resources, severe weather and, of course, the lingering drought.  As always, the TDEM staff and I look forward to working with the new legislature, local officials and emergency managers across the state to assure that Texas is prepared to respond any threats it faces in the coming year.

TDEM is already busy with a slate of projects for 2015. Here are a few in the works:

Critical Mass 2015
TDEM will serve as the national host for Critical Mass 2015.  This large-scale, mass care exercise will include players from across the nation, including many federal, state and local agencies as well as national voluntary agencies, who will exercise the national response to a catastrophic event. The exercise will require the mutual cooperation from agencies test our ability to respond to massive evacuation, sheltering and feeding needs in Texas.

Texas A&M Forest Service

Incident Management Teams
Under an agreement with Texas A&M Forest Service, TDEM and TFS will continue to develop Incident Management Team capabilities in the state in 2015 and beyond. Under a current project, the efforts will enhance the ability of the state of Texas to develop, mobilize and deploy Type 3 IMTs to support various disaster responses in Texas within eight hours of notification or to support national disaster responses elsewhere in the United States within twenty-four hours of receipt of an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request.

The project is funded through an Emergency Management Performance Grant  award to the Texas A&M Forest Service. These funds are used to assist the State Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) Training Project to train and exercise regional Type 3 All-Hazard IMTs in support of the 2010-2015 Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan. State Type 3 IMTs, whose members are selected by local and state jurisdictions, are critical in aiding Texas local, regional and state disaster response, as well as supporting disaster response outside the state of Texas through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

2015 Texas Emergency Management Conference
TDEM will host the 2015 Texas Emergency Management Conference Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Join us at this premier event, learn about what’s happening in emergency management in your community and statewide and network with your colleagues from across the state. Visit the 2015 Texas Emergency Management Conference website and stay tuned for more information.

Speaking of opportunities …
Is your jurisdiction planning to submit an application for FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funds? If so, the deadline to submit a completed FY2015 EMPG application package is January 31, 2015.

All jurisdictions are eligible as long as they meet the minimum requirements. States receive EMPG funding from the Department of Homeland Security and, in turn, pass it through to local governments to reimburse them for emergency management program expenses. States, including Texas, require local governments that wish to participate in the program to submit EMPG program applications that include a Statement of Work and a program budget. Download the Local Emergency Management Guide on TDEM’s website for more information.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®

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