Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 12

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links


December 2015 News Briefs

Save the Date:
2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference!
Tuesday, April 5 – Friday, April 8, 2016
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Registration opens Monday, April 4, 2016
**New family track workshops are coming!

Save the Date:
Ninth Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium
Sunday, February 7 – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, San Marcos, Texas

Save the Date:
TEEX Leadership Development Symposium
San Marcos, Texas | January 11-13, 2016
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Leadership Development Symposium January 11-13 in San Marcos, Texas. A dynamic  line up of speakers is set for the three-day event, now in its eighth year. Attendees have the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, network with colleagues, reacquaint with old friends and make new ones. Don’t miss out on this year’s event as we focus on the message of Seizing Today-Forging Tomorrow!

  • $150 for Out-of-State Attendees
  • No Admission fee for Texas emergency response personnel
Winter Driving

Winter Travel 
As the possibility of winter weather makes driving conditions unpredictable and dangerous, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible and use extreme caution when travel is necessary.
If you must drive, please keep in mind that sleet or freezing rain can make driving and walking extremely hazardous. Roadway conditions motorists could encounter during adverse winter weather include:

  • Loss of pavement friction due to wet, snow-covered or icy conditions
  • Restricted visibility due to fog, falling rain or vehicle spray
  • Lane obstruction due to standing water or plowed or blowing snow
  • Infrastructure damage (such as a washed-out road)

Winter Driving Safety Tips

  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle

For additional road safety preparedness information and tips, download the  TxDOT Safety Guide for Winter Travel.

Highway Road Conditions Hotline
Call (800) 452-9292 for current information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at (800) 525-5555.

Social Media
Follow the TxDOT Twitter feeds or  TxDOT's Facebook page  for more road information.
For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at  MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.


Flu Near You Website
FluNearYou.org is a community health project for North America. Created by epidemiologists at Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital and The Skoll Global Threats Fund, Flu Near You is a website where the general public can post real time status of their health as it pertains to flu season. You can also see real time flu activity in your area.
Operators of the website analyze thousands of reports and map them to generate local and national views of influenza-like illness, providing public health officials and researchers with real-time, anonymous information that could help prevent the next pandemic.

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