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, July 15, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation to Help Gulf Coast Respond to Claudette
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry announced today that he has signed a proclamation to help accelerate state and federal response to flooding and damage as Hurricane Claudette moved ashore near Port O’Connor.
Thursday, July 03, 2003 Press Release
$13.5 Million Awarded To Twelve Metropolitan and Border Jurisdictions
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that ten Texas cities and two counties will receive a total of $13.5 million in federal funding for anti-terrorism equipment and homeland security planning. The funds are in addition to the $84.2 million in federal homeland security grants announced by the governor last week.
Thursday, June 26, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry Requests Aid For Webb County Following June Storm
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced today that he has asked the Small Business Administration (SBA) to declare Webb County a disaster area following wind and hail damage in a storm June 2. If the governor’s request is approved, an SBA declaration will enable citizens and businesses affected by the storm to apply for low interest loans.
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.