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FEMA 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan

On March 15, 2018, FEMA released its 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan, designed to create a shared vision for emergency management and create a path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across our nation.

Click here for the link to the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan


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State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey

The State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey has been posted for public comment. The plan addresses the utilization of CDBG-DR (Community Block Development Grants) funds (this round is $5.024 billion).

The Action Plan identifies the proposed activities for long-term recovery and restoration of housing, infrastructure, planning, and economic development in areas affected by the disaster.

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2018 EMAT Symposium

The Annual Leadership Symposium was held on March 4-7, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Marcos, Texas. This year’s meeting was one of the largest ones yet with over 150 registrants, 32 speakers and 11 exhibitors.

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TEM Certification applications are available now.

Contact the TEM Committee for questions by emailing ematinfotx@gmail.com.

Get started today by downloading the following documents:

- TEM Application

- TEM Recertification

- TEM Basic

- CEM Reciprocity

President's Message

June 2018

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM - President

With the beginning of Summer, emergency managers across the state are focused on responding to the on-going threat of natural and man-made hazards, continue to manage recovery from the impact of Hurricane Harvey, and ensure communities are prepared with the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season. 2018 has to the potential to be another record setting year for disasters. In my own region of West Texas, we have had the driest 8 months on record with nearly no rainfall, causing significant wildfire and drought concerns; fortunately, this week’s forecast is for some much-needed relief. Amarillo received no snow this year (a first; we average 19” a year); nearly all the rest of Texas received measurable snow this year. NOAA is predicting that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal, with the potential for 10-16 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.

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EMAT Board of Directors Spotlight

Patrice Reisen Hicks, CEM, TEM

Patrice Reisen-Hicks began working for the University of Texas System as the Emergency Management Coordinator in January 2013. While working in this position, Patrice has built effective partnerships between the UT institutions, local jurisdictions, and state agencies in order to strengthen emergency management in the State of Texas. With Patrice’s leadership and guidance, UT institutions are active in preparing for and responding to disaster events.

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