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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reached out to EMAT to assist in communicating to as many potential applicants as possible for Hurricane Harvey Public Assistance (governmental and non-profit assistance). Attached is a FEMA Fact Sheet and map outlining the areas eligible for the FEMA Public Assistance program.

- FEMA Fact Sheet
- FEMA Map

William "Willo" Sylestine receiving his TEM from Billy Ted Smith, also pictured is member Olen Bean. At the Tribal Council of Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.


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2017 Leadership Symposium

Sunday, Nov. 12 2017 
Long Beach, CA.
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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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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. 

EMAT is now accepting proposals for the 10th Annual EMAT Symposium. Download here.

If you would like to be an exhibitor and sponsor  at the 2018 EMAT Symposium, please contact ematinfotx@gmail.com. Sponsor Application and Contract and Exhibitor Prospectus - Download here.

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

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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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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