Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Texas’ Emergency Response Team is Second to None

Speaks at annual Texas Hurricane Conference
Tuesday, May 18, 2010  •  McAllen, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today thanked the 1,500 attendees at the Texas Hurricane Conference for their continued dedication to ensuring the safety of Texans each and every hurricane season. The annual conference brought together state and local emergency response personnel, volunteer organizations and private sector partners to discuss ways to further enhance preparedness, response and recovery efforts during future storms. The 2010 Hurricane Season begins June 1, and ends November 30.

"Our emergency response team in Texas is second to none, an effort that speaks to the dedication and abilities of our emergency planners, the courage of those who willingly head into danger while everyone else flees, and the essential generosity of our citizens," Gov. Perry said. "From the first responders who move into position before the storm surge hits and the private sector partners who ensure adequate supplies of fuel, food and water in the aftermath, to those who immediately begin planning and preparing for the next storm, you each play an important role in protecting the lives of more than 24 million Texans, and in some cases, residents of our neighboring states."

The governor also reflected on the selfless dedication of Jack Colley, who served as head of the state's Division of Emergency Management during some of the most trying disasters in our state's history, including hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. Colley passed away on May 16.

"Over the past several years, we have had the privilege of working with a man who had a clear vision for emergency management, whose distinctive voice was heard daily during disasters, as we met emergencies head-on as a well-coordinated team," Gov. Perry said. "As we mourn his passing, we also lift a prayer of thanks for the real difference he made in the health, safety and well-being of countless Texans."

The Texas Hurricane Conference offers the emergency management community a wide variety of presentations, workshops, work sessions and training classes on all aspects of catastrophic storms.

Featured topics at the conference include evacuation and sheltering for special needs populations; the role of voluntary organizations; private sector support; mass care; planning for children in hurricanes; evacuation tracking; disaster communications; shelter hubs; hospital evacuations; donations management; managing mega-shelters; animals in disasters; the role of 2-1-1 Texas; resource staging; re-entry operations; and the State Hurricane Plan.

In advance of 2010 Hurricane Season, residents should take simple steps to protect their families and homes should a storm threaten the Texas coast. These tips and other helpful preparedness resources can be found at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/publicinformation.htm.

For more information about the Texas Hurricane Conference, please visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/hurricaneConf.htm.


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