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Houston Galveston Post “Emergency Preparedness Quick Guide”

WHAT IS IN THE “EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS QUICK GUIDE”?

The Emergency Preparedness Quick Guide contains professional capabilities for planning emergency response capabilities and 24/7 contact information for our Sustaining Member firms.

During the first 90 days of a Federally-declared natural disaster, FEMA will reimburse agencies for response-related A/E/C work to give these agencies time to put a longer-term contract in place.

For public sector personnel, you will find the names and email addresses of organizations prepared to support disaster relief who can respond in a disciplined manner to prevent further loss and restore normalcy. Local and national firms are listed. Local firms often have established business records in the community. Local firms can be available with a quick telephone call.

A key lesson learned from Hurricane Katrina was that architectural/engineering/contractor (A/E/C) resources in our region will likely be damaged, destroyed, or relocated if we receive a direct hit. Response needs are often and effectively mobilized from other regions. Firms with offices in other areas of Texas and the United States have the additional benefit of response capabilities from areas not affected by Houston Galveston emergencies.

OVERVIEW:

To support government at all levels in their emergency preparedness capabilities, the Houston/Galveston Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), in cooperation with its corporate members/firms, has published a Emergency Preparedness Quick Guide in response to the Society’s commitment to come to the aid of governments and citizens in time of national emergencies, including natural and man made disasters.

Our civilian architectural and engineering firms, construction contractors, materials suppliers, and other firms can interact with military and government construction agencies in the Houston/Galveston area to effectively respond to any major emergency.

OTHER RESOURCES:

THE INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY PARTNERSHIP (TISP)

www.same.org/tisp | TISP INFO | TISP REGIONAL RESILIENCE GUIDE

In a rapid response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, federal and state agencies, corporations and professional societies met to discuss how they could collaborate and coordinate to improve the security of the built environment of the United States. In a unanimous conclusion to their meeting, The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) was established as a non-profit partnership to facilitate a forum for advancing practice and policy for the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

HARRIS COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY:

www.HCOEM.org

READY HOUSTON:

www.readyhoustontx.gov

TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:

www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem

T.R.R.N. WEBSITE DATABASE – STATE OF TEXAS EMERGENCY RESOURCES:

www.trrn.state.tx.us/trrn/index1a.aspx

The Texas Regional Response Network – The State of Texas Department of Emergency Management has implemented a web-based application for responding to disasters which provides a central, web-based system to organize and coordinate RESOURCES in response to incidents. The T.R.R.N.is fully searchable and includes an interactive map to locate and track events and available resources. National Security Council NS DD-47: it is the policy of the United States to have an Emergency Mobilization Preparedness Capability that will ensure that government at all levels, in partnership with the private sector and the American people, can respond decisively and effectively to any major national emergency with the defense of the United States as first priority.

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Daniel Menendez     James Kisiel
Chairman     Co- Chairman
Emergency Preparedness Committee     Emergency Preparedness Committee
SAME Houston/Galveston Post     SAME Houston/Galveston Post
281-496-0066     713-520-9570