Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 1

Message From The Chief

As the New Year begins, itís a natural time to look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the previous year while we look toward the new opportunities and resolve of the new one.

Texans are not shy about telling whoever will listen about how great our state is. But Texas, like many other states in the nation, continues to grapple with complex issues, such as border security, population growth, dwindling water resources, increasingly severe weather, work place violence and the threat to our security from foreign and domestic terrorists. As always, TDEM staff and I are ready to work alongside our first responders as well as our state and local officials and emergency managers to assure that Texas is prepared to respond to any threats it faces in the coming year and that our citizens are not forgotten in the wake of natural or manmade disasters.

With the historic drought finally off the Texas map, recovery from the devastating 2011 wildfire season continues, even though many areas burned in those fires may take generations to fully recover. On top of that, recovery from the May/June and October flood events and Decemberís tornadoes is underway. If you have the time, think about volunteering some of it and help out your Texas neighbors who have lost so much due to the storm damage. To find volunteer opportunities near you, the Central Texas VOAD website is a great place to start!

Finally, please make one of your New Yearís Resolutions for 2016 to make sure you, your family and your community are prepared for the potential hazards and threats we face day to day in Texas.

Save the Date: 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference

This year the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference will be held earlier than the past few years. The conference dates for 2016 are Tuesday, April 5 through Friday, April 8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Registration is open and this year it will feature a new track focusing on the importance of family preparedness by offering family-oriented workshops. Join us at this premier event, learn about whatís happening in emergency management in your community and statewide and network with your colleagues from across the state. Visit the  2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference  website and stay tuned for more information.

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