Office of the Governor Rick Perry

RP1 - Relating to Emergency Management

Thursday, March 29, 2001  •  Executive Order

by the
Executive Department
Austin, Texas
March 29, 2001

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Texas has heretofore enacted the Texas Disaster Act (the Act) of 1975, Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code to:

(1) Reduce vulnerability of people and communities of this state to damage, injury, and loss of life and property resulting from natural or man-made catastrophes, riots, or hostile military or paramilitary actions;

(2) Prepare for prompt and efficient rescue, care, and treatment of persons victimized or threatened by disaster;

(3) Provide a setting conducive to the rapid and orderly restoration and rehabilitation of persons and property affected by disasters;

(4) Clarify and strengthen the roles of the Governor, state agencies, and local governments in the mitigation of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from disasters;

(5) Authorize and provide for cooperation and coordination of activities relating to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery by agencies and officers of this state, and similar state-local, interstate, federal-state, and foreign activities in which the state and its political subdivisions may participate;

(6) Provide a comprehensive emergency management system for Texas that is a coordinated effort to make the best possible use of existing organizations and resources within government and industry, and which includes provisions for actions to be taken at all levels of government before, during, and after the onset of an emergency situation;

(7) Assist in the mitigation of disasters caused or aggravated by inadequate planning for and regulation of public and private facilities and land use; and

(8) Provide the authority and mechanism to respond to an energy emergency; and;
WHEREAS, under Section 418.013 of the Act, the Governor is expressly authorized to establish by executive order an Emergency Management Council comprised of the heads of state agencies, boards, and commissions and representatives of organized volunteer groups to advise and assist the Governor in all matters relating to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and,

WHEREAS, FURTHERunder Section 418.041 of the Act, a Division of Emergency Management is established in the Office of the Governor and the Director of the Division of Emergency Management is to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor; and,

WHEREAS, with the aid and assistance of the Emergency Management Council and Division of Emergency Management, the Governor may recommend that cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the state undertake appropriate emergency management programs and assist and cooperate with those developed at the state level;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me, do hereby create and establish the Emergency Management Council (the Council), to be comprised of the heads of the following state agencies, boards, commissions, and organized volunteer groups:

  • Adjutant General's Department " Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
  • American Red Cross " Texas Department of Human Services
  • Department of Information Resources " Texas Department of Insurance
  • General Land Office * " Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
  • General Services Commission " Texas Department of Public Safety *
  • Governor's Division of Emergency Management * " Texas Department of Transportation *
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas " Texas Education Agency
  • Railroad Commission of Texas * " Texas Workforce Commission
  • State Aircraft Pooling Board " Texas Engineering Extension Service *
  • State Auditor's Office " Texas Forest Service
  • State Comptroller of Public Accounts " Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission *
  • Texas Attorney General's Office " Texas Parks and Wildlife Department *
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection * " Texas Rehabilitation Commission
  • Texas Department of Agriculture* " The Salvation Army
  • Texas Department of Economic Development " Texas Animal Health Commission
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice " Texas Department of Health*
  • The specific duties and responsibilities of each member of this group shall be as designated in the State Emergency Management Plan and Annexes thereto. Each member of the group may designate a staff member representative to the Council.

I FURTHERhereby designate the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety to serve as Chair of the Council and as Director of the Division of Emergency Management (the Director). The Division of Emergency Management shall be designated as the agency to exercise the powers granted to me under the Act in the administration and supervision of the Act, including, but not limited to, the power to accept from the federal government, or any public or private agency or individual, any offer of services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds as gifts, grants, or loans for the purposes of emergency services or disaster recovery, and may dispense such gifts, grants, or loans for the purposes for which they are made without further authorization other than as contained herein. The Director shall establish emergency operation areas to be known as Disaster Districts which shall correspond to the boundaries of the Texas Highway Patrol Districts and Sub-Districts and shall establish in each a Disaster District Committee comprised of representatives of the state agencies, boards, commissions, and organized volunteer groups having membership on the Council. The Highway Patrol Commanding Officer of each Highway Patrol District or Sub-District shall serve as Chair of the Disaster District Committee and report to the Director on matters relating to disasters and emergencies. The Disaster District Committee Chair shall be assisted by the Council representatives assigned to that district, who shall provide guidance, counsel, and administrative support as required.

FURTHER,the Council is hereby authorized to issue such directives as may be necessary to effectuate the purpose of the Act, and is further authorized and empowered to exercise the specific powers enumerated in the Act.

FURTHER, IN ORDERto carry out certain state emergency planning, community right-to-know, and response functions relating to hazardous materials, a standing element of the Council, designated the State Emergency Response Commission, will be comprised of representatives named by the heads of the agencies and commissions marked with an asterisk (*) in the listing of the Council above. The State Coordinator, as appointed by the Director under Section 418.041 of the Act, shall chair the State Emergency Response Commission or designate a chair.

FURTHER, in accordance with Sections 418.102, 418.103, and 418.105 of the Act, and published rules of the Division of Emergency Management, I hereby designate the mayor of each municipal corporation and the county judge of each county in the state as the Emergency Management Director for each such political subdivision. These mayors and county judges shall serve as the Governor's designated agents in the administration and supervision of the Act, and may exercise the powers, on an appropriate local scale, granted the Governor therein. Each mayor and county judge may designate an Emergency Management Coordinator who shall serve as assistant to the presiding officer of the political subdivision for emergency management purposes when so designated.

BY THE AUTHORITYvested in me under Section 418.104, of the Act, I FURTHER hereby authorize each political subdivision of the state to establish in the county in which they are sited, inter-jurisdictional agencies by intergovernmental agreement, supported as needed by local city ordinance or commissioner's court order, in cooperation and coordination with the Division of Emergency Management of the Governor's Office. In compliance with Section 418.101 of the Act, the presiding officer of each political subdivision shall promptly notify the Division of Emergency Management of the manner in which it is providing or securing an emergency management program and the person designated to head that program.

This executive order supersedes Executive Order GWB 95-1b, and shall remain in effect until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.

Given under my hand this the 29th day of March, 2001.

RICK PERRY (signature)


HENRY CUELLAR, Ph.D. (signature)
Secretary of State

Filed in the office of the Secretary of State

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