Message From The Chief
Cold fronts, warm fronts, tornados, and floods – weather in Texas is never boring, and despite what our groundhog saw, some days seem like spring isn't too far away. As we mentioned last month, wildfires can emerge and grow quickly, and experts are anticipating what may be an especially active fire season. If the beginning of this year has been any indication, we may have our hands full with Mother Nature this spring, but it's nothing Texans can't handle.
As we saw in 2017, partnerships are more important now than ever. While focus on preparedness and mitigation efforts will be especially important as we continue recovery efforts, we must be mindful of the importance of collaboration and communication across all fronts. When speaking to community groups, I always emphasize the importance of working together. Numerous entities working separately from each other can create unintended conflicts or repetition, and it is essential to build relationships and mutual respect BEFORE disasters happen.
The upcoming Texas Emergency Management Conference is a unique opportunity for emergency managers, community members, and other stakeholders to learn more about what we're doing to keep Texas prepared, and perhaps more importantly, it provides an environment that promotes partnership, collaboration, and communication. We hope that you will join us this May as we continue to keep Texas strong. After all, we're #1!
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference
TDEM will host the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Join us at this premier event, learn about what's happening in emergency management both in your community and statewide, and network with your colleagues from across the state. Visit the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference website and stay tuned for more information – registration and exhibitor information coming soon!
Chief W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®, TEM®
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