BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Nim Kidd has been the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management for nine years, but now, his division becomes its own state agency run within the Texas A&M University System.
Chief Kidd says the transfer makes perfect sense for the state.
"Texas does amazing work...responding to disaster; the place we all agree we need to improve is in recovery," said Kidd on First News at Four. "The resources and the capabilities that are within the A&M University System are so prolific."
Kidd is referring to the Texas A&M Task Force 1, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Forest Service, to name a few.
The first order of business to beef up those recovery efforts is to create a one-stop-shop online application for disaster relief. Kidd says it would be similar to ApplyTexas.org for prospective college students. The application would send the information to many possible assisting agencies, from FEMA to local, faith-based non-profits.
"We want to develop a single data system, data set, so that homeowners register one time and decide which help or assistance they want for those opportunities that are available," said Kidd. "It's really going to streamline the process, really going to speed up recovery, and it's going to reduce fraud waste and abuse."
For the full conversation, see the video player above.