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



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



2017 Board Member Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Board Member Elections will begin on November 21, 2016. EMAT has adopted a Nominations Policy to use for the process. There are 2 forms that need that require submission to the Nominations Committee. The first form is to be completed by the nominator and is information regarding the nominee. The 2nd form is the Requirements of Directors form to be completed by the nominee along with a bio.




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

EMAT represents the best in our profession, and few exemplified that standard better than Mr. Charlie Kelly. After seventeen years in Galveston, more than ten of which he spent as the City of Galveston EMC, Charlie has left us. However, he has left behind a career and legacy that is fit to be admired, and we are all fortunate to have been able to call him a colleague and a friend. EMAT's 2015 Lou Harrel Emergency Manager of the Year, Charlie Kelly, passed away on Saturday at the age of 69.

I know that I represent the feelings of each and every one of you when I say that our sympathies are with Charlie's wife Ginny and the rest of his family. Our thoughts are with his friends and co-workers, and with the City of Galveston, which stands today in part due to Charlie's dedication to excellence. He will be missed.

For information on services for Charlie, please visit:

Jeb B. Lacey, MPA, TEM

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