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Texas Water Development Board

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Natural Resources Information System

Texas Homeland Security

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Forest Service

Texas Commision on Environmental Quality

Texas Clean Rivers Program

Galveston Bay Estuary Program

CBBEP

TGLO

TCCC

TDI

THHSC

TPWD

TRC

TxDOT

TEEX

TX-TF1

 

 

 

TWDB

Texas Water Development Board

http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/

The Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) mission is To provide leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.

The Texas Water Development Board has been designated by state law as the State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinating Agency for Texas. Within TWDB - Water Resources Planning & Information, you will find Flood Mitigation Planning where most of the flood related information and flood planning and mitigation grant resources reside.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

FLOOD MITIGATION PLANNING
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/index.asp

FLOOD MITIGATION PLANNING STAFF

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/staff.asp

 

 

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM RESOURCES – HOW TO JOIN, SAMPLE ORDINANCES, ETC.
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/insurance/index.asp

FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/grant/fma.asp

TWDB FLOOD PROTECTION PLANNING PROGRAM

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/grant/index.asp

SEVERE REPETITIVE LOSS GRANT PROGRAM
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/grant/srl.asp

FLOOD MITIGATION PLANNING WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING SCHEDULE
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/workshop/index.asp

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/resources/index.asp

TEXAS QUICK GUIDE – FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT IN TEXAS
 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/flood/resources/doc/Texas_Quick_Guide.pdf

NFIP COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION STATUS AND LISTING OF LOCAL FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS
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2012 STATE WATER PLAN

TWDB FOR KIDS

MAJOR RIVERS

               

KIDS POSTER

 

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/conservation/education/kids/RaisingYourWaterIQ/doc/Water_Activity_Game.pdf

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TDEM

Texas Division of Emergency Management

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/index.htm

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) 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, hazard mitigation, and homeland security grant programs in the State of Texas.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

DISASTER & EMERGENCY SITUATION REPORTS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/index.htm

WILDFIRE PROCLAMATIONS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/govWildfireProc.htm

STATE & LOCAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/statelocalemerorg.htm

GRANTS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/grants.htm

HAZARD MITIGATION 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/hazardmitigation.htm

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/emcouncillist.htm

DISASTER RECOVERY 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/disasterrecovery.htm

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/publicinformation.htm

FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/flashFloodSafetyTips.htm

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/hurrPrepTips.htm

TORNADO SAFETY TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/tornadoSafetyTips.htm

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/lightningSafetyTips.htm

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/wildfirePrepTips.htm

WINTER STORM SAFETY TIPS 
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/winterStormSafetyTips.htm

 
 

TNRIS

Texas Natural Resources Information System

http://www.tnris.state.tx.us

TNRIS was established by the Legislature in 1968 as the Texas Water-Oriented Data Bank. In 1972, after four years of growth and diversification, it was renamed the Texas Natural Resources Information System. The mission of TNRIS is to provide a "centralized information system incorporating all Texas natural resource data, socioeconomic data related to natural resources, and indexes related to that data that are collected by state agencies or other entities." (Texas Water Code, 16.021).

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

TEXAS HIGH WATER MARK INVENTORY:

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=127g4LDQz8hhz7k7IBg60mwhGLkNCLZ2S8FmUagU

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM – OVERVIEW OF FLOODPLAIN MAPPING IN TEXAS 
http://www.tnris.state.tx.us/Programs/NFIP/Index.aspx

INTERACTIVE FLOODPLAIN MAP – LOCATION OF TEXAS HIGH WATER MARKS 
http://www.tnris.org/fpmap.html

THE STRATEGIC MAPPING PROGRAM (STRATMAP) 
http://www.tnris.org/fpmap.html

LOW WATER CROSSING PROJECT

DATA CATALOG 
http://www.tnris.org/DataCatalog/Index.aspx

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Texas Homeland Security

From the Office of the Governor of Texas

http://www.governor.state.tx.us/homeland

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

Disaster Preparedness
http://governor.state.tx.us/initiatives/disasters

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Texas Department of Public Safety

 

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/index.htm

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Texas Forest Service

The Texas A&M University System

http://www.tnris.state.tx.us

Texas Forest Service was created in 1915 by the 34th Legislature as an integral part of The Texas A&M University System. It is mandated by law to "assume direction of all forest interests and all matters pertaining to forestry within the jurisdiction of the state."

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

FIRE DANGER AND ADVISORIES 
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx

WILDFIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE 
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx?dept=frp

MITIGATION – FIRE SAFETY TIPS 
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=8512

TEXAS INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER 
http://ticc.tamu.edu/

SMOKEY BEAR – FOR KIDS 
http://www.smokeybear.com/ 
http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/default.asp?js=1

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TCEQ

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

http://www.tceq.texas.gov

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

EMERGENCY RESPONSE
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/

DAM SAFETY PROGRAM
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/field/damsafetyprog.html

FIELD OPERATIONS – OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT
This office enforces compliance with the state’s environmental laws, responds to emergencies and natural disasters that threaten human health and the environment, oversees dam safety and watermaster programs, and monitors air quality within Texas. In addition, the office oversees the operations of 16 regional and two special-project offices across the state.
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/about/organization/oce.html#5

ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITIES (SEPTIC SYSTEMS)
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/ossf/on-site.html

STORMWATER PERMITTING
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/stormwater/sw_permits.html

TEXAS SURFACE WATER QUALITY MONITORING
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/monitoring/index.html

NONPOINT SOURCE WATER POLLUTION PROGRAM
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/nonpoint-source/mgmt-plan/index.html

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The Texas Clean Rivers Program

http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/clean-rivers/index.html

A partnership between the TCEQ and regional water authorities to coordinate and conduct water quality monitoring, assessment, and stakeholder participation to improve the quality of surface water within each river basin in Texas.

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Galveston Bay Estuary Program

http://www.gbep.state.tx.us/

The Galveston Bay Estuary Program — a non-regulatory program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) — is committed to preserving Galveston Bay for generations to come. Established in 1989, we are one in a network of twenty-eight U.S. National Estuary Programs (NEPs) created to guide the conservation and restoration of estuaries of national significance.

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CBBEP

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program

http://www.cbbep.org

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program is dedicated to protecting, researching and restoring the bays and estuaries in the 12-county region of the Texas Coastal Bend. A part of the National Estuary Program, a division of the Environmental Protection Agency, we work with local governments, conservation groups, teachers, students and the public to raise awareness of our natural surroundings through research, restoration and recreation projects. The bays and estuaries of the Texas Coastal Bend are havens for human recreation, wildlife habitats and serve as an economic engine. Their continued health, beauty and bounty are essential for continued enjoyment of both people and wildlife.

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TGLO

Texas General Land Office

http://www.glo.texas.gov/index.html

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TCCC

Texas Coastal Coordination Council

http://www.glo.state.tx.us/coastal/ccc.html

The Council’s mission is to coordinate Texas’ approach to managing its coastal resources and responding to coastal issues. To achieve its mission, the Council, with administrative support from Texas General Land Office staff, carries out three key functions: 
• Reviewing government actions that affect the Texas coast and certify that they are consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program.

• Passing federal funds through to coastal communities for projects that help control erosion, promote responsible development and coastal access, and enhance areas considered critical.

• Helping small businesses and individuals prepare the appropriate permit applications and supporting documents needed to conduct business in the coastal region

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS:
http://www.glo.texas.gov/GLO/boards-and-commissions/coastal-coordination-council/index.html

COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/grants-funding/cmp/index.html

COASTAL EROSION 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/coastal-erosion/index.html

OPEN BEACHES 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/open-beaches/index.html 
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/NR/htm/NR.61.htm

COASTAL CONSTRUCTION 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/coastal-construction/index.html

HURRICANES 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/hurricanes/index.html

PREPARING FOR HURRICANES 
http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/caring-for-the-coast/hurricanes/preparing-for-hurricanes.html

 

TDI

Texas Department of Insurance

http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) will do everything possible during a disaster, within the scope of its authority, to assure that policyholders receive prompt, fair, and responsive service from their insurance companies. This includes assisting storm victims in locating their companies and offering consumer counseling to those who need help filing claims and understanding their rights and insurance coverages.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/storms/cpmdisrole.html

DISASTER RESOURCE PAGES 
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/storms/indexstorm.html

FLOOD RESOURCE PAGE 
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/storms/cpmdisflood.html

HURRICANE RESOURCE PAGE 
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/storms/cpmdishurr.html

FLASH FLOOD ALERT – TAKE 5 FOR SAFETY TRAINING VIDEO 
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/pubs/videoresource/t5flood.pdf

ENGINEERING SERVICES AND WINDSTORM INSPECTIONS SECTION 
Contains contact information for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) 
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/wind/contacts.html#twia Windstorm Inspection Program

The information contained on the Windstorm Inspection Program’s webpage is intended to notify the general public, insurance agents, engineers, builders and inspectors of the applicable process, rules and regulations that apply only to structures located in the following First Tier Counties along the Texas Gulf Coast as indicated in Section 2210.003(3) of the Texas Insurance Code:

Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Galveston, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Willacy or in one of the cities east of State Highway 146 in Harris County (La Porte, Morgan’s Point, Pasadena, Seabrook, Shoreacres) if the property owners are seeking wind and hail coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/wind/index.html

 

THHSC

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/

DISASTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS – INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS PROGRAM

 

The IHP is a federal/state program administered by FEMA and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The program is available to all people who qualify regardless of race, sex, religion, color, or national origin.

If your property has been lost or damaged because of a major disaster, you may be able to get a grant of up to $30,200.00. The grants are made up of federal and state tax dollars and do not have to be repaid. If you qualify, you will not get the money immediately, but a check will be sent to you as quickly as possible. 
https://hhsportal.hhs.state.tx.us/ws_dappWeb/public/jsp/countyWebReport.j

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TPWD

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

BOATING SAFETY – NOBODY’S WATERPROOF CAMPAIGN 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/boater_education/nw_whatis.phtml

BOATER EDUCATION – KNOW YOUR WEATHER SIGNS 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/boater_education/weather.phtml

WATER SAFETY DIGEST 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_br_l2000_0001/index.phtml

LAND & WATER RESOURCES 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/environconcerns/damage_assessment/index.phtml

GAME WARDEN 
The Law Enforcement Division provides a comprehensive statewide law enforcement program to protect Texas’ wildlife, other natural resources, and the environment. The Division also provides safe boating and recreational water safety on public waters by ensuring compliance with applicable state laws and regulations. Texas Game Wardens are responsible for enforcement of the Parks and Wildlife Code, all TPWD regulations, the Texas Penal Code and selected statutes and regulations applicable to clean air and water, hazardous materials and human health. Wardens fulfill these responsibilities through educating the public about various laws and regulations, preventing violations by conducting high visibility patrols, and apprehending and arresting violators. Operation Game Thief provides citizens with a toll-free number to report poaching and other violations. The Law Enforcement Division employs about 500 wardens throughout the state and operates 27 field offices that sell licenses, register boats, and provide the public with local information across the state. Note: Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens are often first on the scene to assist local law enforcement and others to search for and rescue victims of disasters – especially flood victims. When loss of life occurs during a disaster, Game Wardens often assist in the recovery of victims on our State’s rivers and streams. Unfortunately, on several occasions, a Game Warden has given his life in the line of duty while searching for flood victims. We honor these fallen public servants as Texas Heroes. The most recent tragic loss of life was Teyran (Ty) Patterson who drowned May 30, 2007 while attempting to recover the body of a drowning victim from the Paluxy River. See more under Game Warden Memorial below. 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/

GAME WARDEN MEMORIAL 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/memorial/

 

Texas Railroad Commission

http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

PIPELINE SAFETY 
http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/safety/pipeline/index.php

COASTAL LAND ADVISORY BOARD 
http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/commissioners/jones/ciap.php

COASTAL COORDINATING COUNCIL 
http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/commissioners/jones/coastal.php

RAIL ROAD COMMISSION KIDS WORLD 
http://kids.rrc.state.tx.us/

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TxDOT

Texas Department Of Transportation

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/

The threat of emergencies such as hurricanes, wild fires, and flash floods underscores how crucial our highways are to our state's emergency evacuation system.

During Hurricane Ike, an estimated 100,000 homes were evacuated, pushing hundreds of people onto coastal highways in search of safety. Learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina, the evacuation process had been refined by TxDOT working with state and federal emergency planners to make the evacuation process smoother, and safer for these evacuees.

All Texans are encouraged to learn about hurricane safety information and know emergency numbers for the areas in which they live.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

HURRICANE INFORMATION 
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/hurricane.htm

SAFETY TIPS – ADDITIONAL DRIVING TIPS
http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/other.htm

FLASH FLOODS
Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles. If you encounter a flooded road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

• Never try to walk, swim or drive through swift water.

• Stay informed about weather conditions when you are driving.

• If your vehicle stalls in deep water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

• Don’t move, tamper with or drive around barriers blocking a low-water crossing. Penalties range from $200 to $1,000 and/or two years in jail.

SAFETY TIPS – WINTER DRIVING 
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/safety/tips/winter_driving.htm

STATE WIDE ROAD CONDITIONS 
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm

 

TEEX

Texas Engineering Extension Service

http://www.teex.com

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) was established in 1998 to enhance the capabilities of emergency responders and local officials to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events resulting from natural events, man-made accidents, or terrorist attacks NERRTC clients and customers include state and federal agencies, municipal and county governments, private industries, public school systems and university campuses, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, public works departments, utility companies, and public health agencies.

 

HELPFUL LINKS:

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS TRAINING CENTER
http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=NERRTCprog&area=NERRTC&templateid=1800

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE 
TEEX is the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1, one of 28 national urban search and rescue teams under FEMA and Texas’ only statewide team under direction of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Texas Task Force 1 also includes one of the country’s most extensive water rescue programs.
http://www.teex.com/usar/

EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING INSTITUTE – RESCUE TRAINING
The Rescue Training Program offers courses designed to train emergency response personnel to safely, efficiently and effectively perform rescues in the event of an emergency
http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=ESTIprog&area=ESTI&templateid=1421

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
http://www.teex.com/publicsafety/

HOMELAND SECURITY SERVICES
http://www.teex.com/nerrtc/

 

TX-TF1

Texas Task Force One

http://usar.tamu.edu

Texas Task Force I (TX-TF1) is an Urban Search and Rescue response team designed to provide a coordinated response to disasters in urban environments. Emphasizing the location and extrication of victims trapped in collapsed structures, confined spaces, or trenches in largely populated areas, the task force is capable of responding to State and National disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, widespread tornadoes, and man-made technological and terrorist events. TX-TF 1 is one of 28 National Urban Search and Rescue team in the nation, which FEMA coordinates. TX-TF1 is comprised of 210 personnel on three 70-person teams which include HazMat and WMD technicians representing numerous fire departments and organizations throughout the state. Designed to be logistically self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation, the task force is able to function for up to 10 days. Each 70 person task force is further divided into two groups, each of which operates in 12-hour shifts on a disaster scene. All task force members must be sufficiently cross-trained in search and rescue skill areas to ensure depth of capability and integrated task force operations. TX TF-1 is truly a multi-disciplinary organization that includes four areas of specialists:

National Weather Service – National Radar Mosaic 
http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_lite_loop.php

National Weather Service – National Watches and Warnings 
http://www.weather.gov/

Weather Underground – Tropical Weather and Hurricanes 
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

NOAA’s Now Coast – Coastal Radar 
http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/

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