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President's Message

October 2014

As we have seen many times in the past, Texas has become the focal point of efforts to control an infectious disease.  Emergency management, public health, and medical professionals at every level are working tirelessly to control the spread of the Ebola virus and protect our communities.


It is possible that this event will continue to expand, and further stress our response and healthcare mechanisms.  If it does, it is important that we support our colleagues who are already directly involved while simultaneously taking reasonable, proactive steps to ensure that our own responders, health professionals and citizens are ready.


Thank you for all that you do in service to our great state.  


Regards,

Jeb B. Lacey, CEM, TEM



Recent News

http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/20220/

 

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Announces Hearing on Oct. 23 in Austin

Monday, October 13, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release

The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response will hold its first hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The hearing will focus on medical and public health preparedness for initial identification and isolation of patients with Ebola or similar high-consequence infectious diseases, a topic that is included in one of seven initial areas of focus identified by the Task Force.

The hearing will be held in the Texas State Capitol Auditorium located in room E1.004. Task Force members will hear invited testimony from witnesses representing professions and institutions involved in infectious disease identification and response.

Governor Perry issued an Executive Order on Oct. 6, 2014 creating the 15-member Task Force under the direction of Brett P. Giroir, M.D. and comprised of experts in infectious disease and public health, biodefense leaders, and state agency professionals across major areas, including health and human services, public safety, emergency management, transportation, environmental quality, and public education. The group is charged with development of recommendations and a comprehensive state plan to ensure that Texas is prepared for the potential of emerging infectious diseases, such as the Ebola virus, and can provide the rapid response needed to effectively protect the safety and well-being of citizens.

The Task Force's initial areas of focus include: hospital preparedness and the potential role of improved rapid diagnostics; command and control issues; organization and implementation of epidemiologic investigations and monitoring; decontamination and waste disposal; patient care issues; care of patients being monitored; and handling of domestic animals in contact with patients. The Task Force will submit initial draft assessments and recommendations by December 1, 2014 for consideration by the Office of the Governor and Texas Legislature.

 

 

Hazardous Mitigation Grants Program

 

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces the availability of the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program Appeals Database.

 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

 

An eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision in conformity with program requirements. There are two levels of appeals. The Regional Administrator decides first appeals. If FEMA denies the appeal at the Regional Administrator’s level, the applicant may submit a second appeal to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation at FEMA Headquarters. If FEMA approves an appeal, FEMA will take the appropriate action to implement the decision. If the second appeal is denied, the decision is final.

 

To provide an effective means to research and track appeals, FEMA developed a web based database that can be accessed online. The online Appeals Database is a searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance. The database houses HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since the release of the FY2011 Hazard Mitigation Assistance guidance. In 2011, FEMA started monitoring first appeals made in the regions. The purpose of the database is to inform the public on how program requirements are applied. The database can be accessed at: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program/hmgp-appeals.

 

For more information on the terms used in the appeal database and a brief summary of the basic program elements, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest.

 

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance datasets are also available through OpenFEMA.

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New Version of FEMA  Resource Typing Library Tool Released

FEMA has released the first version of the Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT). The RTLT is an online catalogue of national resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications. Definitions and job titles/position qualifications are easily searchable and discoverable through the RTLT.

The Resource Typing Library Tool is publically accessible at: https://rtlt.ptaccenter.org

FEMA is hosting a series of webinars to introduce the RTLT and the latest version of the Incident Response Inventory System (IRIS). All webinars will be open to the whole community, which includes—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. These webinars will provide an overview on how to navigate the RTLT and its use in inventorying critical resources.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please visit https://www.vjpo.org/private/ppd8/events/rtlt/

 


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