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President's Message

September 2017

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM - President

Hurricane Harvey has provided a powerful reminder of the challenges facing emergency management professionals in Texas. Everyone associated with EMAT extends our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Many of our members are directly involved in response and initial recovery efforts with others working to shelter those in need, mobilize resources, and support those impacted by the storm. Hurricane Harvey will not break the spirit of the people of Texas, but will show how Texans come together when faced with the most extreme challenges. God Bless our Emergency Managers, First Responders, and Volunteers working along the Texas Gulf Coast!

September is designated as National Preparedness Month and offers a great opportunity to focus on improving the preparedness of our citizens and communities. If your agency is hosting events to promote preparedness, EMAT would love to assist in promoting those events through...

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2017 Leadership Symposium

Sunday, Nov. 12 2017 
Long Beach, CA.
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11th Annual EMAT Symposium

The 11th Annual EMAT Symposium takes place March 4-7, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, TX. 

If you would like to be ab exhibitor at the 2018 EMAT Symposium, please contact Jim Coles at jime.coles@gmail.com

Update to TEM Certification on the Horizon

EMAT is committed to ensuring that the Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM) certification is a benchmark of professional development for emergency managers in Texas. Recent changes in the TEM review process have highlighted some deficiencies of the TEM application and guidance documents. Based on these issues, a working group was appointed to review the TEM application and make recommendations for improving the process.

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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...

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The Emergency Management Association of Texas is dedicated to the advancement of the field of emergency management both statewide and nationally. To that end, EMAT engages in an array of efforts to advance a statewide emergency management agenda and to promote the professional growth of the emergency management practitioner.


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