Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH July 13, 2017, FEMA
September 1 marks the start of National Preparedness Month, and serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. This year's theme, "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." encourages everyone to make a plan, partner with neighbors and community, train to be a citizen responder and practice preparedness. Each week of National Preparedness Month has an individual focus:
Week 1: September 1 – 9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Week 2: September 10 - 16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Week 3: September 17 - 23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Week 4: September 24 - 30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
FAILED LEVEE REPAIR IN PORT ARTHUR TO COST $10 MILLION
By Angel San Juan, August 16, 2017, kfdm.com
Jefferson County Drainage District 7 is charge of the effort to repair and pay for a failed levee in Port Arthur.
The expected bill is $10 million.
One commissioner worries it will deplete the drainage district's fund balance, leaving mid- and south-county vulnerable.
But the priority is getting the broken levee secure.
There's no time to waste. Workers are having to patch up a 200-foot stretch of the levee system that's protected the area for more than 40 years.
Someone fishing first discovered the damage a little more than two weeks ago. The cause of the levee breach - at least for now - remains unknown.
KATY FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES THANKS, PRAISE FOR ITS ACTIONS
By Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle
Aug. 14 unofficially might be called Katy Fire Department's day.
The department received thanks and praise from Christine Reyna of Katyland for saving the life of her husband, Manuel; thanks for raising funds for Special Olympics Texas and a pat on the back for its successful application for a three-year staffing grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
At the public comment portion of the Katy City Council meeting, Christine, with her husband by her side, told of the 911 call she made at 4 a.m. June 20 after her husband had what she thought was a heart attack. The EMS team "quickly responded," she said, taking her husband to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. After telling what happened and sharing the odds of successfully surviving a ruptured aneurism, she said, "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
2017 Texas Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference
Texas EMS invites you to their annual conference, November 19-22, 2017 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Attend Texas EMS Conference 2017 and earn up to 15 hours of the best education available! Choose from more than 100 lectures, hands-on workshops or preconference classes covering all the topics you want to know about!
For registration and conference agenda, visit the registration website.
DRAINAGE GRANT TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR FAYSVILLE AREA
By Naxiely Lopez-Puente, August 17, 2017, The Monitor
Hidalgo County received $4.5 million from the state Thursday to continue the construction of the region's largest flood control project.
The Raymondville Drain is a 63-mile drainage project that will stretch through Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties. The multi-phase project will take flood water beginning in Western Hidalgo County to the Laguna Madre.
The funding covers a portion of the project that will directly benefit residents in the Faysville area north of Edinburg by providing an outfall for flood waters, which has been a major concern for residents of the area for decades.
AS CENTRAL TEXAS BATTLES WILDFIRES, AGENCIES TURN TO TECH TO TRAIN FIREFIGHTERS
By Reena Diamante, August 21, 2017, Spectrum News
The dust from the Bastrop County wildfire over the weekend will settle and the smoke will clear, but the job is not over for the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Mitigation and prevention means being proactive and prepared. Now, new technology makes it easier for fire departments across the state.
Forest Service has several Simtables, a tool that uses data to projects images that simulate landscapes. Firefighters can then study past fires or create completely fictional ones, where variables like wind speed, vegetation, topography and number of emergency crews can all be changed.