Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 2

Message From The Chief

Although Texas is famous for its sunny weather, no other state has experienced more deadly and costly severe weather events. Each year, the Texas Division of Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service, local officials and emergency managers across the state join together in a public awareness campaign to encourage all Texans to prepare for severe weather events.

This year Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas is March 1-7, 2015. Most long-time Texans are aware that severe weather events can happen anywhere and at any time in the state. But, tragically, too many people are also unprepared when it happens to them.

The population of the state is ever-changing. More and more people are moving here from around the country and the world. Newcomers to the state may not be aware just how fast a tornado can form or how fast our rivers and streams can rise during a flash flood. This is why it is important to keep reminding our communities about the potential dangers and threats they face and how to ensure they are prepared for them.

Severe Weather Awareness Week materials are available on our website for you to use to help get the message out in your community. There are materials providing tips on conducting your own local awareness campaigns, as well as working with Texas media, civic groups and organizations, business leaders and the education community.

Because of your continued support of these statewide efforts, our communities are more aware of and prepared for the dangers of severe weather events. Thank you for your dedicated support of this key initiative and everything you do for our state.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM TEM

Follow me @chiefkidd on Twitter, and you can also follow
Texas Division of Emergency Management on Twitter @TDEM

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