Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
SAFE SCHOOLS WEEK
America's Safe Schools Week takes place October 16-22, 2016. The National School Safety Center (NSSC) has a goal to motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, students, parents and community residents to advocate school safety.
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HARRISON COUNTY ACCEPTS STROM RECOVERY REIMBURSEMENTS
Robin Richardson, The Marshall News Messenger, September 20, 2016
The Harrison County Commissioners Court recently accepted three disaster assistance sub-grant awards from FEMA, reimbursing the county for the bulk of expenditures incurred during the recovery efforts, following the historic March floods that swallowed the area around Caddo Lake.
The grant awards are administered through Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), which falls under Texas Department of Public Safety.
From the Marshall News Messenger
TEEX CENTER AWARDED $22 MILLION THROUGH HOMELAND SECURITY NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) announced that the agency will receive $22 million in federal funding for its National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center® (NERRTC), which provides specialized homeland security and disaster preparedness training nationwide.
RED TIDE HAS THE TEXAS COAST ON EDGE
IFernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, September 20, 2016
South Padre beachgoers are on edge after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently confirmed a "red tide," or a bloom of toxic algae that can kill fish or cause breathing problems in humans.
The strange phenomenon changes the color of the water and occurs when too much algae grows.
Red tides vary in length and severity: some can last a few weeks to a few months. Last year's red tide in South Padre lasted three months and killed more than one million fish.
The extent of harmful algae at Texas beaches can be checked on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
GRANT PROVIDES NEW APPARATUS TO PORTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Jennifer Summer, The Montgomery County Observer, September 22, 2016
From the wildfire breakouts in Texas cities such as Bastrop and the tri-county fire in Magnolia in 2011 to the hurricane relief efforts on the Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike; Porter Fire Department crews have worked to provide assistance during any kind of disaster.
To aid their efforts, the Porter Fire Department received a specialty apparatus vehicle, a Type III Engine, through a Texas Intrastate Mutual Aid System grant program Sept. 13. The department can use this apparatus when they are called to statewide deployments and use in their own county should the need arise.
From the Montgomery County Observer