Texas Homeland Security
Strategic Plan 2010-2015
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5805 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78752
The State of Texas is one of the more complex homeland security challenges in the nation. Its vast size, unique role in the nation’s economy, proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, 1,200 miles of international border, and an ever-growing and diverse population pose a unique combination of threats that are not seen anywhere else in America.
In 2003, Governor Rick Perry established a Texas Homeland Security office in order to coordinate the resources and responses necessary to prevent, protect from, prepare for and respond to all threats of terrorism and disaster.
News & Announcements
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on Second Dallas Hospital Worker Diagnosed with Ebola
"This is the first time that our nation has had to deal with a threat such as this. Everyone working on this challenge - from the medical professionals at the bedside to the public health officials addressing containment of the infection - is working to end the threat posed by this disease. These individuals are keeping the health and safety of Texans and the needs of the patients as their most critical tasks. Every relevant agency at the local, state and national levels is working to support these individuals."
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 London, United Kingdom Speech
Gov. Perry's Remarks at the Royal United Services Institute
Gov. Rick Perry today delivered a speech on foreign policy to members of the Royal United Services Institute in London. The governor laid out the stakes in the fight Western nations presently face against ISIS and said the common values shared by the United States and allies like Great Britain are what will allow us to prevail.
Thursday, October 09, 2014 Fort Hood, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Visits Troops Deploying to West Africa in Fight against Ebola
Gov. Rick Perry today visited U.S. Army troops preparing to deploy to the West African nation of Liberia to help combat the spread of Ebola. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control calls this epidemic in West Africa the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 Galveston, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Tours Galveston National Laboratory
A day after announcing the creation of a new task force aimed at combatting infectious disease, Gov. Rick Perry today toured the Galveston National Laboratory at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. On the tour, the governor received an overview of the work the lab is conducting to better understand and respond to pandemic disease. The facility is one of two National Biocontainment Laboratories in the United States and studies infectious diseases such as Ebola.
Monday, October 06, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Names Dr. Brett Giroir to Lead Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, which will assess and enhance the state's existing capabilities to prepare for and respond to pandemic disease, such as the Ebola virus. The governor named Dr. Brett P. Giroir as director of the task force, heading up a team of internationally renowned experts in epidemiology and infectious disease.
Friday, September 26, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas State Guard Saves Lives During Search for Human Remains in Brooks County
A special state search team, trained in rescue and recovery operations and ordered by Gov. Rick Perry to assist Brooks County with locating human remains of suspected illegal immigrants, is also saving lives during its mission.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Sends Letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto, Invites Him to Texas
"I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." As neighbors and economic partners, Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today."
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
In Case You Missed It: Texas National Guard Arrives at Border in Support of Operation Strong Safety
The Texas Military Forces (TMF) report the first group of Texas National Guard (TXNG) soldiers and airmen have arrived along the Texas-Mexico border to take up observational posts in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Operation Strong Safety.
Friday, August 29, 2014 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Training for Deployment in Support of Operation Strong Safety
Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region. The governor, joined by Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, thanked the soldiers and airmen for their commitment and dedication to protecting our state and our nation.