DPS Museum Day
For several years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has participated in an Austin tradition, Austin Museum Day. More than 35 Austin-area museums, including the DPS Historical Museum and Research Center, participated in the 19th Annual Austin Museum Day on September 18, 2016, and welcomed visitors with special programming and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages at no cost. Organized by the by the Austin Museum Partnership, Austin Museum Day has become "a treasured and much-anticipated 'day of discovery' when residents and visitors can seek out not only our flagship institutions, but also smaller hidden gems," remarked Austin Museum Partnership Co-Chair Lani Gonzales. This year, an estimated 1,000 attendees visited DPS headquarters and learned about the process, from civilian to trooper, of becoming one of the most respected and recognized law enforcement officers in the country; they also had the opportunity to learn about and understand the importance of personal preparedness planning before a disaster occurs.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) strives to bring the message of personal preparedness to Texans during events such as this. Even among the vintage cars, Mounted Patrol and Canine Unit displays, DPS Museum Day was another perfect opportunity to help educate and prepare our citizens about this important topic. Visitors to TDEM's booth were asked, "What is your family's plan in the event of a disaster?" Responses included call my mother or get out of town quickly. A few even outlined their plan, including how often they briefed and practiced their plans with their family. Although the emphasis of the event was on becoming a trooper, almost all visitors walked away with a greater appreciation, as well as a few publications from FEMA and TDEM, for planning now to help facilitate recovery from a future disaster.
To begin your family's preparedness planning:
Be informed. Be prepared. Be involved.