Bill Movement Alert – March 31

31 03 2009

A variety of emergency management related bills (probably close to 100) are being considered in the Texas Legislature during its current session.  This blog has previously provided information on these bills.  This posting provides you updates on certain bills:

SB 359 – Relating to the punishment for certain offenses committed in a disaster area or an evacuated area (On 3/30, Committee report printed and distributed; will be placed on intent calendar)

SB 361 – Relating to the requirement that certain water service providers ensure emergency operations during an extended power outage (On 3/30 Committee report printed and distributed; will be placed on intent calendar)

SB 2264 – Relating to the provision of a community telephone emergency notification system as part of the 9-1-1 system (On 3/31, this bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Flooding & Evacuations)

SB 2323 – Relating to the functions of the Texas School Safety Center and safety at public educational institutions (On 3/31, this bill was referred to the Education Committee)

3rd EMAT Symposium

31 03 2009

For those of you that are members of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, please make sure to block out August 30th – September 2nd for the 3rd EMAT Symposium.  This year’s event will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas.  For more information, contact 877-306-3628.

Texas Legislative Session – March 30

30 03 2009

Attached to this post is an updated listing of Emergency Management related bills that have been filed for this session of the Texas Legislature.  billreport-3-30-09

Fort Bend County CERT Program

30 03 2009

Tonight is a special night.  The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management is kicking off its 2009 training schedule with CERT classes in Meadows Place.   This eight week training course provides a perfect opportunity for citizens to learn about emergency preparedness.  With this knowledge, graduate of the course will be better able to protect his or her family during a disaster.  Equally as important, graduates of the CERT Training Program will be able to assist others in their own neighborhood.  The recovery efforts performed by Fort Bend County citizens during and after Hurricane Ike illustrate the importance of the CERT Program and its focus on neighbors helping neighbors.

For more information about CERT training opportunities, please call 281-342-6185, or go the Fort Bend County CERT website at

Boy Scouts and Emergency Management

23 03 2009

Last week, Alan Spears, the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator was part of a panel discussion about emergency management.  This discussion was presented in front of Boy Scout Adult Leaders (Tomahawk District).  There were about 40 individuals present to hear Alan;  David Popoff, Regional Liaison Officer for the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management; and Pat Hughes, Sugar Land Emergency Management Coordinator discuss emergency management.  At the meeting, Alan explained what activities take place at the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, and the type of volunteer opportunities available, especially for young adults (e.g. Boy Scouts).  This event was held on March 12, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City.  Staff from the FBC Office of Emergency Management are available to make presentations on emergency management.  If interested, please contact 281-342-6185.

Texas Legislative Session – March 14

14 03 2009

 Yesterday was the last day for Texas Legislators to file bills for the 81st Legislative Session.    Attached to this post is a listing of Emergency Management related bills that have been filed for this session.  billreport-3-13-092

To view live and archived broadcasts of Texas House Chamber and Committee work:  

To view live and archived broadcasts of Senate Chamber and Committee work: 

Rosenberg Fire Department to Receive DHS Grant

13 03 2009

The Texas Government Insider (Friday, March 13, 2009) reports that the City of Rosenberg Fire Department is set to receive a grant totaling over $159,000 through the Department of Homeland Security as part of its Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.  The funding will help ensure first responders at the fire department will have access to necessary resources.