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IF you would like to be an exhibitor at the 2018 EMAT Symposium, please contact Jim Coles,

President's Message - May 2017

2017 EMAT Symposium Presentations

The extremes of Texas weather were on full display as April came to a close. In the area around Canton, Texas a series of strong tornadoes devastated communities with at least 4 fatalities, countless injuries, and significant damage. At the same time in the Texas Panhandle region, a rare spring winter storm blanketed the area with light to moderate snow accumulations and extreme winds, causing travel issues and wide spread power outages. In the meantime West Texas continues to experience critical fire danger, inching closer to the federal threshold ...

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2017 EMAT Symposium Presentations

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

2017 Symposium Presentations (PDF)

EMAT Board of Directors Spotlight

Francisco Sanchez

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

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM - President

With the success of our 10th Annual EMAT Symposium, we have had yet another opportunity to come together as emergency management professionals to learn from our shared experiences. Thank You to everyone that attended this year’s symposium and for all the hard work of the Symposium Committee to put together such a great event. We are already looking forward to next year’s symposium...


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