Texas Parks and Wildlife in Emergency Management
People sometimes ask, "What does Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) have to do with emergency management?" The answer is: a whole lot! As frequently as this is asked, though, they typically only ask once – after all, seeing is believing. Whether it's relocating evacuees into state parks or Texas Game Wardens responding to disaster scenes, the agency has much to offer.
TPWD has 551 Game Wardens located throughout the state. Each warden is a commissioned officer with an assigned four wheel drive vehicle and specialized safety gear. Their responsibilities include:
Game Wardens have the ability to reform their organizational structure and move to different locations with little notice. They also operate a fleet of 380 boats ranging from kayaks to 65' offshore vessels. Over 104 members of the team are specially trained for swift water rescue. The team also has a helicopter with hoist capability and various other fixed wing aircrafts. There are a number of specialty teams including a dive team, a search and rescue team, and a boat accident reconstruction team.
Some examples of deployments and activities include:
A Texas Game Warden is stationed at the State Operations Center (SOC) during activations as a member of the Emergency Management Council. Wardens are also frequently stationed in state disaster districts for access and services. Additionally, state park managers work with local emergency management coordinators to provide areas for equipment staging or even evacuee residency.
Regardless of the situation, there is an energized, well trained, and thoroughly equipped group of professionals standing by to serve you in times of need.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department