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April 5, 2016

State Conference Draws Emergency Management Leaders

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Division of Emergency Management’s annual conference gets underway today and runs through Friday in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference will bring together approximately 2,500 public and private sector emergency management professionals for workshops, training sessions and exhibits.

“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,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “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.”

Conference participants include representatives from local, state and federal emergency management, law enforcement, border security and port security, transportation and cyber security, as well as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, state military forces, volunteer organizations and private sector partners. In addition, officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care, and public officials from local, state, tribal and federal organizations also attend the annual meeting. This year, representatives of 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 www.dps.texas.gov/dem/PublicInfo.htm.

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

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