Texas Homeland Security
Strategic Plan 2010-2015
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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
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Hearing Scheduled for July 3 in McAllen
"With every day of inaction by the federal government to secure our southern border, the crisis of illegal immigration and the threat to national security from criminal elements grow worse. At a time when President Obama and many in Washington continue to ignore this serious situation, I applaud Chairman McCaul for his efforts to address this problem, and for bringing his committee to the border to see this crisis firsthand."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Austin, Texas Editorial
Op-Ed: The Human Cost of Failed Border Policies
"The very real human consequences of our country’s lax border security and muddled immigration policies huddled right there, under an open shelter in the stifling Texas heat."
Monday, June 23, 2014 Weslaco, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Tours Facility Housing Detainees, Reaffirms Commitment to Securing Border
Gov. Rick Perry today toured a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children, where he received a briefing from federal officials. He also reaffirmed Texas' commitment to protecting its citizens by securing the Texas-Mexico border, and called for Washington to take actions to help curb the tide of illegal immigrants flowing across the border.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus Direct DPS to Immediately Begin Law Enforcement Surge Operations Along Texas-Mexico Border
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.
Monday, June 09, 2014 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Again Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
Gov. Rick Perry has again 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.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Urges Texans to Prepare for 2014 Hurricane Season
Gov. Perry is urging Texans to prepare their families and homes for the 2014 Hurricane Season, which begins June 1 and runs through the end of November.
Friday, May 16, 2014 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Declaration for Hutchinson County
Gov. Rick Perry issues disaster proclamation for Hutchinson County due to wildfire damage. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to meet the disaster.
Friday, May 09, 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, April 16, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Authorizes Additional Disaster Recovery Funds for City of West
Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West's request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.
Sunday, March 23, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Directs State Resources to Respond to Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill
Gov. Rick Perry has directed all necessary state resources to assist with the cleanup of oil that has spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between vessels yesterday. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident, and the governor has been briefed by TDEM Chief Nim Kidd on the ongoing cleanup efforts.