AUSTIN - The 2014 Texas Emergency Management Conference convened today in San Antonio, where public and private sector emergency management officials are gathering this week to exchange ideas and discuss best practices in emergency preparedness. The annual conference runs from May 12 – 15, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
“While Texans are proud of our state’s vast size, geography, and large population, unfortunately, these same factors present unique challenges to public safety and homeland security,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “These challenges underscore the importance of emergency planning, and this conference supports the sharing of information and ideas that Texas agencies and local governments rely on to prepare, respond and recover from all possible threats.”
State Representative Allen Fletcher, vice chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, delivered the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the annual conference, which attracts approximately 3,000 first responders, emergency managers, elected officials and decision makers from across the state to participate in emergency management workshops, presentations, training sessions and exhibits.
“As a retired Houston police officer, I know firsthand the importance of being prepared for all possible threats. The Texas Emergency Management Conference provides the state’s first responders and community leaders – who are second to none – with the actionable knowledge and experience to protect the public from a wide spectrum of disasters – natural and man-made,” said Rep. Fletcher.
Conference participants include representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement, border security and port security, transportation and cyber security, as well as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, Texas Military Forces, volunteer organizations and private sector partners. Attendees also include officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care, and public officials from local, state and federal government. Representatives of more than 30 state agencies on the Governor’s Emergency Management Council are also participating in the conference.
For more information on how Texans can prepare their homes and families for emergencies, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/PublicInfo.htm.
For more information about the Texas Division of Emergency Management or the 2014 Texas Emergency Management Conference, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.
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