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March 2017

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, scheduled for March 4-7, 2018 in San Marcos.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Jeb Lacey for serving as EMAT’s President for the past 4 years. His dedicated leadership of EMAT is much appreciated and epitomized the mission of EMAT to shape emergency management policy and practice in Texas. I would also like to recognize Sharon Nalls who will be stepping down from the EMAT Board of Directors as Jeb transitions into the Immediate Past President position continuing to serve our Board… Thank You Sharon for your leadership and support of EMAT.

As the new EMAT President, I look forward to working with all of our members to continue to promote the role of EMAT in shaping emergency management policy and practice in Texas. At the core of the EMAT mission is the continued advancement of professionalism of emergency management in Texas.

With the withdrawal of the University of North Texas from the Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM) certification process, the EMAT Board of Directors will be looking at options for review of the TEM application packages. During the Symposium, the Board stepped up to review 15 applications that have been received over the course of the last couple of months. While this provided a short-term solution, we will be looking at options to revamp the review process and update the application package to provide greater clarity. Stay tuned as we work to revamp and improve the TEM process.

Other areas that we will focus on are improving our communication to our members. The EMAT Board of Directors along with our committees will be looking at improving our website, creating new mechanisms for regular communication to our members, and highlighting the activities of EMAT that serve as a benefit to our membership. In addition, I would like EMAT to continue to look for ways that we can use our expertise in the profession to assist each other in times of disaster. Law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical have all created mechanisms for supporting each other across the state. We can improve our mutual support of each other when EOC’s are activated.

In closing, I am honored to serve as the EMAT President and look forward to working with all of our members to promote the emergency management profession. I hope to see all of you at the Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio this May. In the interim, feel free to contact me or any of our Board members to discuss what EMAT can do for you!

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM - Region 5
Assistant City Manager
City of Amarillo
P.O. Box 1971
Amarillo, Texas 79105-1971
Work: (806) 378-3077
Cell: (806) 584-8845
Office Expires: 2019

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