Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
FEMA ANNOUNCES FUNDING AWARDS TO PREPARE COMMUNITIES FOR COMPLEX COORDINATED TERRORIST ATTACKS July 13, 2017, FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program). The CCTA Program will provide $35.94 million to selected recipients to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.
FY 2016 CCTA Program funding is awarded to the following Texas recipients:
MIKE FISHER, HEAD OF BASTROP COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, DIES
Philip Jankowski and Mary Huber, July 4, 2017, Austin American Statesman
Mike Fisher, who led the Bastrop County community through six major disasters as director of the county's Office of Emergency Management, died in his home on the Fourth of July, according to a statement from Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape
Pape reported Fisher's death on the office of emergency management's Facebook page, noting that Fisher's more than 12 years as leader of emergency management helped guide the county through the calamitous 34,000-acre Complex Fire in 2011 that destroyed 1,660 homes.
FEMA SELECTS HANNAH FARRIS FOR 2017 YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL July 18, 2017, FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Hannah Farris from Arlington, Texas as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).
The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.
CAPCOG SEEING AREA-WIDE COMPLEX COORDINATED CYBER ATTACKS, CREATES HOMELAND SECURITY STRATEGIC PLANNING FRAMEWORK
By San Marcos Corridor News, July 19, 2017
A newly established Homeland Security Strategic Planning Framework defines the capacity and resiliency to support emergency preparedness, efficient disaster response, recovery, and long-term economic sustainability of the communities in CAPCOG's ten-county region.
Adopted by the CAPCOG Executive Committee in June, the framework guides future regional homeland security planning to address current and new challenges.
"Homeland security threats have changed significantly since CAPCOG drafted its first Homeland Security Strategic Plan in 2004," said Eric Carter, CAPCOG homeland security director. "While the threat of terrorism remains and the hazards we have always faced are still present, we are seeing more pronounced risks in the areas of cybersecurity, and area-wide complex, coordinated attacks."
HUD MAKES $60 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR 2015 TEXAS STORMS
By Andy Sevilla, July 18, 2017, Austin American Statesman
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Texas $59.6 million in disaster recovery funds for 2015. Bastrop and 115 other Texas counties can apply for Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds to help with recovery.
Of the 116 counties impacted by 2015 floods, four – Harris, Hays, Hidalgo and Travis — were identified as "most impacted" and will received $34 million. The remaining 112 counties will fight for a slice at $25.6 million in recovery funds
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TIPS FOR PET OWNERS
By Sarah Young, July 18, 2017, Consumer Affairs
A well-stocked disaster supply kit and an emergency plan can be lifesavers in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado. But if you're a pet owner, you may need to take a few extra precautions to prepare for an emergency requiring evacuation.
Downed power lines, debris, and flooding can make the area in and around your home dangerous for pets.
If disaster strikes, it's best to take your furry family members with you, says Angela Clendenin, public information officer for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' Veterinary Emergency Team (VET).