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
Tuesday, June 03, 2003 Press Release
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his request to declare Webb County a disaster area following wind and hail damage in a storm on June 2. The declaration means people and businesses in Webb County, and neighboring Dimmit, Duval, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick, McMullen and Zapata counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans.
Monday, May 26, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremony
Austin, Texas (NOTE: The governor frequently deviates from prepared text.)
Friday, March 21, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry: Texas Receives $81.6 Million for Bioterrorism Preparations
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded $81.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help communities prepare for public health emergencies, including the possibility of bioterrorism.
Tuesday, March 18, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry Expresses Support for U.S. Troops
AUSTIN - Emphasizing that Texas is well prepared to respond to any threat, Gov. Rick Perry today voiced his strong support of President George W. Bush and U.S. troops during a visit to Camp Mabry.
Monday, March 10, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry: Texas Receives $29.5 Million Federal Homeland Security Grant
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded $29.5 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help state and local emergency workers better respond to the threat of terrorism. The grant represents an 82 percent increase over the $16.2 million award the state received for fiscal year 2002.
Friday, February 07, 2003 Press Release
Statement of Gov. Rick Perry Regarding Higher Threat Level
"While we know of no specific threats against Texas, we are taking this heightened warning very seriously. I have spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge this morning, and my office will remain in close contact with federal officials.
Sunday, February 02, 2003 Austin, Texas Press Release
Governor Perry Tells Administrators to Inspect School Property For Shuttle Debris
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today directed school administrators in a 93-county area to inspect school grounds to see if any debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia landed on school property – including roofs.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Federal Disaster Declaration For Walker County
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Walker County to the federal disaster declaration list as a result of damage caused by storms and flooding in late October and early November.
Monday, December 09, 2002 Press Release
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas will receive more than $74 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist medical institutions damaged by Tropical Storm Allison in June 2001. The FEMA grants will help fund restoration efforts for Memorial Hermann Hospital, the Methodist Hospital Complex and the University of Houston’s University Center Satellite Building.
Tuesday, November 26, 2002 Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Federal Disaster Declaration For Seven Texas Counties
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added seven Texas counties to the federal disaster declaration list as a result of damage caused by storms and flooding in late October and early November. The seven counties are Brazoria, Cameron, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Jasper, Kleberg and San Jacinto.