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EMAT Symposium Keynote Speaker - Michael Coleman

IF you would like to be an exhibitor at the 2017 EMAT Symposium, please click below for an exhibitor prospectus:


2017 EMAT Symposium Schedule

Now accepting award nominations for the 2017 Annual EMAT Symposium.

2017 EMAT Candidate List:

Region 1 - Cindy Mohat
Region 2 - Billy Ted Smith
Region 3 - Vacant
Region 4 - Vacant
Region 5 - Brenda Vermillion
Region 6 - Patrice Reisen
Region 7 - Wendy Smith

At Large Postions - Deedra Harrison
At Large Postions - Erica McDowell
At Large Postions - Steve Rosa

The timeline for the 2017 election is:
November 21, 2016 – nominations begin
December 15, 2016 – nominations due and cease at midnight
January 3, 2017 – the list of nominees will be distributed to members
January 18, 2017 – electronic voting begins
February 10, 2017 – voting ceases at midnight
February 13, 2017 – runoff voting begins if needed and cease March 6, 2017
March 5 through March 7, 2017 those elected will be sworn in at the EMAT Symposium

2016 EMAT Symposium Presentations

Below are links to some of the presentations given at the EMAT Symposium in February:


Disaster and Faith Based Organizations

Military Deployments & Emergency Management

Resilience Implementation Process

The Responder Emergency Manager

The Ups and Downs of Elevation Projects in FMA

Challenges of Emergency Communication Networks for Disaster Response

Mitigation That Pays Off





EMAT Board of Directors Spotlight

Keeping our public officials, stakeholders and residents informed about emergencies is the most important thing I do on a day-to-day basis, but not the only thing. Greetings, my name is Francisco Sanchez, also known as the @DisasterPIO for Harris County.
As Treasurer for the Emergency Management Association of Texas, I am working with the board and our members to strengthen the association so it can do more to serve our profession and the people of Texas.  We are implementing nationally-recognized best practices for non-profits to keep us financially strong, and growing.
The Emergency Management Association of Texas helps give me the tools, and professional support, to do my job.
I am the liaison and public information officer for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. I’ve been with Harris County for 12 years, leading our emergency public information efforts and the Regional Joint Information Center. Currently I serve on the Federal Communication Commission’s Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council, working on effective ways to alert the public about disasters. In my spare time I am a volunteer firefighter with the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department and am involved in the leadership of several professional organizations. I serve on the board of a non-profit that connects foster children with safe, loving homes and teaches them the skills to heal and find success.  I’m an advocate for animal rescue, low cost spay/neuter programs and an avid dog lover - especially of one named Winston.
If there’s anything I can do for you, feel free to email at


President's Message

The 10th Annual EMAT Symposium is just around the corner, and the time to register is now!  Our Conference Committee is hard a work, finalizing what is sure to be our best Symposium yet.  The event, which will take place March 5-9, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Marcos, Texas, is one of EMAT's most important services to our membership.  We need your support to make it successful, and to ensure that EMAT is able to continue improving its services to members.  Please register to attend, and encourage others to do the same!


Jeb B. Lacey, MPA, TEM

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