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, May 16, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on North Texas Tornado Damage
Gov. Perry is deeply saddened by the deaths caused by yesterday’s horrific storms. The State Operations Center has been monitoring this situation since yesterday afternoon and continues to assist locals with any unmet needs they may have.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Honors Victims of West Explosion
Gov. Rick Perry spoke today at a memorial service honoring the first responders who died in last week’s explosion in West.
Friday, April 19, 2013 West, Texas Press Release
Governor Perry Visits Community of West; Tours Disaster Zone and Meets with Local Officials
Gov. Rick Perry today toured the disaster zone in West, Texas and met with local officials and state and local emergency responders about relief and recovery efforts underway.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Governor Perry Issues Disaster Proclamation for Explosion in McLennan County
Gov. Perry issued a disaster proclamation for McLennan County after an explosion occurred Wednesday night in West, Texas.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Provides Update on State Response to Tragedy in West
Gov. Rick Perry today met with state officials to discuss Texas' response to last night's explosion and fires at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. State officials worked through the night and this morning to assist local emergency management and law enforcement with health and medical resources, incident management, search and rescue and environmental quality monitoring, which are ongoing.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on Incident in West
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas: We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Bastrop County Awarded Disaster Recovery Grant
Gov. Rick Perry announced the Governor’s Office has authorized a short-term grant of up to $1,612,500 for Bastrop County for the purpose of wildfire recovery and securing additional funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant is being awarded from state funds appropriated for disaster relief, and contingent upon reimbursement from the Texas Legislature through supplemental appropriations.
Monday, March 25, 2013 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry 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.
Monday, March 04, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Release of Criminal Aliens into our Communities is Unconscionable
Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, called on the Obama Administration to provide state and local law enforcement with information regarding the release of criminal aliens into Texas communities. The administration has failed to coordinate with or provide details to states where detainees have been released.
Monday, February 25, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Activates State Resources as Winter Storm Threatens Texas Panhandle
Gov. Rick Perry has activated Texas Military Forces (TXMF) personnel and equipment as a severe winter storm threatens communities in the Texas Panhandle. These resources will be used to provide assistance as necessary on roadways as the storm makes its way across the region.