President's Message - September 2018
Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM - President
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September. This year’s theme from FEMA is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” As emergency management professionals, this is a great opportunity to promote preparedness in our communities. It is critical that we build on the foundations of mitigation, prevention, and preparedness to minimize the need for response and recovery. If you have a great preparedness project or program, consider its merit to be recognized by EMAT as part of our awards program during next year’s symposium.
EMAT elections are on the horizon. If you have an interest to serve on the EMAT Board of Directors, the nomination process will open in mid-October. EMAT will have elections for at least one representative in each region along with two at-large and one corporate board member. While several are eligible for re-election, at least three board positions will be open due to term limits or vacancies.
In addition, our new by-laws transition election of officers to the general membership. The election of officers will take place during our general membership meeting at the 2019 EMAT Symposium with nominations for officers from the slate of Board Members.
The election of board members and officers is critical to the on-going success and strengthening of the organization. More importantly, this is a great opportunity to each of you to demonstrate your commitment to being a leader in our profession.
During the August Board meeting, adjustments to the delegate membership dues were discussed and acted upon. Delegate member dues for 2019 will increase to $150, with a price break available for agencies with 3 or more members. Renewals will be distributed starting in October, reflecting the change in dues. While these types of changes are never easy, this adjustment will strengthen our organization through improved financial stability.- Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM - Region 5
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City of Amarillo
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Amarillo, Texas 79105-1971
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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.