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8th Annual EMAT Symposium

The 2015 EMAT Symposium will be March 1-4, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas.

We are pleased to announce our 2015 EMAT Symposium Keynote Speaker:
Reggie Cajayon
With over twenty years of professional experience empowering people as a coach, an educator, and a motivational speaker, Reggie shares what he has learned throughout his life to inspire others to find their purpose, follow a plan, and fulfill their potential. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1995 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, Reggie has always pursued his interest in teaching and leading others, also studying Counseling, Psychology and Educational Leadership at the graduate level.  His experience working for a variety of organizations has given Reggie insight into effective leadership strategies that he enthusiastically shares with his audiences. 
Starting in 2011, Reggie began serving as a School Safety Specialist at the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, educating and training school administrators, law enforcement, parents and students in Internet Safety, Cyberbullying & Sexting Prevention, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. In addition to leading the Texas School Safety Alliance – a youth advisory board that addressed school safety topics locally and statewide, Reggie also sparked the initiative to re-envision how the Center provides regional school safety training summits across Texas.  Reggie has spoken to and trained audiences in Texas and across the country, and he will not only have you laughing and learning, he will inspire you to think more deeply about yourself and the role you play in your community and the world we live in. 
The Symposium Schedule is listed on the Registration Page

See below on "Click Here to Register for the 8th Annual Symposium" to view the schedule sessions, dates and times.  


Click Here to Register for the 8th Annual Symposium


A list of the Symposium Presentations is below:


If you would like to exhibit at the Symposium, please see below:

 EMAT Exhibitor Prospectus

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the EMAT office at 877-306-3628 or



President's Message

January 2015

I hope this message finds you well, having enjoyed restful holidays spent with family and friends.  As EMAT begins 2015, we can look back at another successful year, where our membership was engaged and our profession benefited.

This year we are facing even more opportunity.  Of significance, the 84th Legislature will provide our organization with the opportunity to continue to grow our reputation in the State.  The ground we made during the 83rd Legislature, with our organization being recognized and acknowledged by leaders outside our professional sphere, will give us a good base from which we can continue to get involved.

Symposium and Call for Presentations:

Make sure you register for the EMAT Leadership Symposium, which kicks off 1 March in San Marcos!  (  Also, make sure to get your speaker packets in soon!  We will be closing the call for presentations very soon!  Take the time to share your leadership experience with your peers!

Election Results:

A number of Directors who have made substantial contributions to the Board and the organization are rotating off of the Board this year.  Please take the time to thank each of them for their service to our organization.  The following Directors will be leaving the Board on 4 March 2015:

  • Vice President Jamie Galloway 
  • Secretary Karen Adkins 
  • Treasurer Shelly Butts
  • Jeff Braun
  • Sean Hughes
  • Jeff Suggs
  • George Garrett

With respect to the election, Article V. 5 B of the EMAT Bylaws states that "if only one nomination is received for an office, the candidate will be elected by acclimation".  Because our election contained no contested races, the following new Directors are elected by acclimation effective 4 March 2015:

  • Maria Galvez (At Large)
  • Niki Bender (At Large)
  • Francisco Sanchez (Region 2)
  • Susie Duarte Thorne (Region 6)

The following Directors are confirmed to their seats for another term:

  • Jeb Lacey (Region 3)
  • Patrick Repman (Region 4)
  • Kevin Starbuck (Region 5)

As always, thank you to all of you who contribute to our organization, and may you all have an amazing 2015!  See you in San Marcos!

Jeb B. Lacey, CEM, TEM



Recent News


The Sunset Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend the legislature reorganize the state's five health and human services agencies into one agency.

Here is the link to the December 2014 Sunset Staff Report -


"Court Orders FEMA to Reinstate $21.8 Million in Federal Disaster Assistance Funds"

To the Membership:

The following information was provided by our partners at IAEM.  Neither IAEM nor EMAT endorses the firm that has provided this brief.  Feel free to review and use at your own discretion.


Jeb B. Lacey, CEM, TEM
President, Emergency Management Association of Texas


Infectious Disease Event
This Fact Sheet describes the scope of assistance that may be provided under a Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (Stafford Act)
emergency declaration in response to a domestic infectious disease event. Any action
taken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in response to an infectious disease event will be within the context of an integrated whole community all hazards approach and in coordination with other agency authorities and activities that would have a primary role in these incidents, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In order to assist States, Tribes and U.S. Territories in assessing impacts and evaluating the need for Federal assistance in an infectious disease event, FEMA has developed these guidelines for requesting an emergency declaration.


As part of an all hazards approach, the key roles and responsibilities across the whole community for any threat or hazard - including infectious disease - are contained in the national planning frameworks for prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.  Supporting federal interagency operational plans (FIOPs) include a more detailed concept of operations; description of critical tasks and responsibilities; detailed resource, personnel, and sourcing requirements; and specific provisos for the rapid integration of resources and personnel appropriate for responding to Public Health events.

Please see the link below for the emergency declaration, eligible assistance and the ORR fact sheet:

Click on Office of Response & Recovery, then Click on Fact Sheets



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:


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:

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


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