Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 3

Message From The Chief

“In Like a Lion...”
Most everyone is familiar with the adage, “March comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb.” In Texas, March is typically only the beginning of several months of increased potential for dangerous and recurring severe weather.

March 1 is the beginning of Spring Season Weather Safety, and it’s an excellent time to encourage everyone to invest a little time to focus on springtime emergency and disaster preparedness. While much of the state could still experience freezing temperatures, most of Texas will be quickly warming up, creating the prevalent conditions that so often produce severe weather this time of year.

Tornado damage

Tornado damage

Nothing exemplifies severe weather quite like a tornado, and over the past fifty years or so, the spring months—March, April and May—have produced more tornadoes in Texas than any other time of year. By far. Since 1900, the deadliest tornadoes in Texas history have occurred in April and May. The time to take account of your planning and preparedness is now, not when the probability and potential for severe weather is high.

Jason Dush

Jason Dush, TDEM demonstrating how to create an emergency supply kit.

But tornadoes are not the only threat brought on by severe weather. Straight-line winds, hail, flash floods and lightning are all dangerous and destructive weather events that are likely to occur in Texas, especially in the spring. One of your first steps to preparing for severe weather is to build an Emergency Supply Kit. If you already have one, take the time now to inspect your inventory. You should also be making or reviewing your family communications plan.

Another important way to prepare is to review your knowledge about severe weather. Do you know where to get developing information during severe weather? What if you lose power or your cellular service? Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? Do you know where to take shelter and what places to avoid? Don’t wait until severe weather is imminent. Take the time to prepare now.

Register now for the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to register for the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference. It’s coming earlier this year! This conference will be held Tuesday, April 5 through Friday, April 8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Each year thousands of emergency management and law enforcement professionals, local elected officials, private sector partners, first responders, voluntary organizations and many others from across the state come together for this premier event. In addition to a full spectrum of emergency management-related workshops and trainings, this year the conference will include a track of family-oriented safety and preparedness workshops as well. And, of course, we will showcase exhibits from a wide array of vendors in the brand new exhibit hall the Gonzalez conference center.

More information about the conference, including registration, workshops and exhibit opportunities can be found by visiting the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference webpage.

Take the time to invest in you and the future of your community. Register today. I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM® TEM®
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