DPS div. of emergency management conference underway in San Antonio

Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Texas Division of Emergency Management’s annual conference kicked off Tuesday and continues through Friday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

This year’s Texas Emergency Management Conference brings together approximately 2,500 public and private sector emergency management professionals for workshops, training sessions and exhibits.

In a news release from the agency, DPS Director Steven McCraw said, “As a large and geographically diverse state, Texas faces the full gamut of public safety threats including severe weather and natural or manmade disasters and preparedness is our number one defense against such emergencies. This conference is an outstanding opportunity for our first responders, local officials and emergency management professionals to share ideas and receive the latest training that is so crucial to protecting Texans and providing effective emergency management.”

Participants include representatives from local, state and federal emergency management, law enforcement, border security and port security, transportation and cyber security, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, state military forces, volunteer organizations and private sector partners.

Also attending are officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care and public officials from local, state, tribal and federal organizations.

This year, representatives from more than 22 state agencies on the Texas Emergency Management Council will be in attendance.

For more information on how Texas residents can prepare their homes and families for emergencies, please visit dps.texas.gov/dem/PublicInfo.htm.

For more information about the Texas Division of Emergency Management or the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference, visit dps.texas.gov/dem/conference/txEmerMgmtConf.htm.