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
Saturday, October 01, 2011 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation Extending Wildfire and Drought Emergency
Gov. Rick Perry issues proclamation extending wildfire and drought emergency for all 254 counties due to the ongoing threat of wildfires across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 Austin, Texas Executive Order
RP76 - Relating to the suspension of a waiting period for certain state unemployment insurance claims
Monday, September 12, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Non-Profit Fund Expands Emergency Hotel Voucher Program for Fire Victims, Additional Counties Added to Federal Disaster Request
The non-profit Texas Disaster Relief Fund has made additional funding available to provide emergency hotel vouchers for up to seven days for individuals and families who have been displaced by a wildfire in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties. Over the weekend, the state requested that the recently approved federal Major Disaster Declaration be expanded to provide individual and public assistance for additional counties, including Montgomery, Grimes and Waller, as well as statewide hazard mitigation for counties that have been affected by wildfires since August 30.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Images of September 11th are Forever in Our Minds
Gov. Rick Perry commemorated the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at a memorial ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery Twin Towers Monument. The governor has also issued a proclamation recognizing September 11th as Texas First Responders Day.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation Recognizing Texas First Responders Day
Gov. Perry noted the importance of taking time to remember those who were killed in the line of duty on September 11th, and to honor the brave men and women who daily answer the call for help in Texas, across our nation and around the world. Texas First Responders Day was created through House Bill 1937 in 2003.
Friday, September 09, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Emergency Hotel Voucher Program for Victims of Bastrop County Fire
Gov. Rick Perry today announced that up to $250,000 from the Texas Disaster Relief Fund will be distributed through Combined Community Action Inc. to provide seven-day emergency hotel vouchers for individuals and families whose homes have been destroyed in the Bastrop County fire. Combined Community Action will also administer flexible assistance cards using up to $350,000 from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to cover essential expenses for these individuals and families.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas Task Force 1 Deploys to Bastrop County
Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite search team, was deployed to assist local officials and first responders in Bastrop County. With ongoing fires across Texas, the governor also urged all individuals who have been evacuated from their homes to register themselves and their families with the American Red Cross' Safe and Well program.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Takes Aerial Tour of Wildfire Damage in Central Texas
Gov. Rick Perry took an aerial tour of wildfire damage in the Steiner Ranch community west of Austin, and met with emergency management and local officials who have been battling fires in the area. The governor continued to urge all Texans to closely monitor conditions and reports, and heed all warnings from local officials as extremely dry and windy conditions are expected to continue fueling wildfires that continue raging across the state.
Monday, September 05, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: All Necessary State Resources Made Available to Protect Lives, Property
Gov. Rick Perry continues to closely monitor the ongoing wildfires with updates from his staff and State Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. He will return to Texas this afternoon. The governor is urging all Texans to closely monitor conditions and reports, and heed all warnings from local officials as extremely dry and windy conditions are expected to continue fueling wildfires that continue raging across the state.
Thursday, September 01, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Urges Caution This Holiday Weekend as Wildfire Conditions Persist
Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his emergency disaster proclamation for all 254 counties due to the ongoing threat of wildfires across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources. This is the ninth time Gov. Perry has reissued the disaster proclamation this wildfire season; it was originally issued on Dec. 21, 2010.