Public input sought on Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Office of Emergency Management for the City of San Angelo and Tom Green County will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19, to gather public input for its Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The meeting will be from 6 p.m.-7p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 8485 Hanger Road. The public is invited.
The meeting will offer a project overview from H2O Partners, Inc., a consultant to the project, and will seek input from citizens. The input will help the project team to identify and analyze potential hazards affecting residents and to recommend possible actions to reduce their impact. Hazards can include floods, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms and other major disasters.
A public participation survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/CoSATomGreenHMAP.
The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions.
Questions about the Hazard Mitigation Plan should be addressed to Rachel Andrews, mitigation specialist for H2O Partners, at email@example.com.
A division of the San Angelo Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management is a unique agency that serves the City of San Angelo and Tom Green County. Under federal and state regulations, the directors of the emergency management program are our chief elected officials: County Judge Steve Floyd and Mayor Dwain Morrison. Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Mild oversees the daily operations of the program.
The Office of Emergency Management works closely with all city, county, state and federal agencies. Emergency Management also partners with many other agencies, such as the American Red Cross, volunteer fire departments, REACT, the Amateur Radio Club, the San Angelo Emergency Corps, the Salvation Army, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the National Weather Service, Goodfellow Air Force Base, the Civil Air Patrol, local hospitals, and all area school districts to make our city and county as disaster-resistant as possible.
Emergency Management focuses on several key areas to help our city and county be prepared for any disaster. These include:
The disaster plan
Emergency Management takes an “all-hazards” approach to disaster management, which is reflected in our disaster plan. The plan is made up of several components that include the basic plan and 22 annexes. Emergency Management gathers the local experts in these areas to write, regularly review and, when necessary, update the basic plan and annexes.
Training is essential for an effective disaster response. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services are proficient at handling emergencies and crisis situations. However, when disaster strikes on a large scale, extraordinary measures are needed to manage resources and deal with situations that are not normally part of their daily functions. Emergency Management works with the City and county agencies to identify and coordinate appropriate training opportunities.
Public education and awareness
Another key role of Emergency Management is to inform you, the citizens of Tom Green County and the City of San Angelo. We continually strive to bring you the information you need to make you and your family safer during times of disaster. This website is central in bringing you this information.
An Emergency Management representative is available to speak on a variety of emergency management topics to any business or civic group within Tom Green County or the City. Call 325-657-4289 or email Steve Mild for more information.
Texas Division of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management coordinates the state emergency management program, which is intended to ensure the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters.
TDEM implements programs to increase public awareness about threats and hazards, coordinates emergency planning, provides an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administers disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in the state of Texas.