State Conference Draws Emergency Management Leaders

May 15, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) – Texas Division of Emergency Management's (TDEM) annual conference began today and continues through Friday in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Approximately 2,500 public and private sector emergency management professionals will attend the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference to participate in workshops, training sessions and exhibits.

"Texas has the unique status of having more major disaster declarations than any other state, so it is imperative that our first responders, emergency personnel and local officials are highly trained and prepared for that next disaster," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "DPS is proud to host this conference, which serves as a good opportunity for professionals in the field to obtain the vital training they need to bolster the safety and security of all communities across our state."

Conference participants include representatives from local, state and federal emergency management, law enforcement, border security, port security, transportation, cyber security, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, Texas Military Forces, volunteer organizations and private sector partners. In addition, officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care, and public officials from local, state, tribal and federal organizations also attend the annual meeting. This year, representatives of more than 17 state agencies on the Texas Emergency Management Council will be in attendance.

For more information on how Texas residents can prepare their homes and families for emergencies, please visit: Public Information.

For more information about TDEM or the Texas Emergency Management Conference, please visit: Texas Emergency Management Conference.

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