Emergency Management and Homeland Security of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Entry of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service into the State Emergency Management Council (SEMC) in 2007 was an obvious break from the first responder culture in the council. Basically every member agency of the SEMC is designated as a first responder. Employees of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are not first responders. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension functions to support certain Emergency Support Functions (ESF) led by key state agencies (see below) with its capabilities in subject matter expertise, mass media, volunteer development, public education, industry relations and county government and community networking strengths. Emergency educational programming utilizes a variety of formats including one-on-one contact, public meetings, demonstrations, web sites http://agnews.tamu.edu/drought , radio, television, electronic, and printed news releases.
Texas Forest Service – Wildfires
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides public information and educational resources, visual learning resources and promotes mitigation practices for landowners, residents, businesses and county governments across rural and urban-rural wildlands of Texas.
Department of State Health Services – Preparedness
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides all-hazards evacuation and shelter in place preparedness and mitigation outreach and educational resources for individuals, families, communities, businesses and county governments.
Texas Animal Health Commission – Animal Issues
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides public information and education targeting agricultural producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and agricultural disaster assessment responsibilities supporting county government and U.S.D.A.
Texas Division of Emergency Management – Public Information
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides public information and education to address preparedness, mitigation and recovery.
Texas Division of Emergency Management – Drought Issues
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides educational materials and services related to agricultural crop production systems, range management, risk management, and urban landscape and water use. These educational programs are designed to make field crops, forage, landscapes, and urban homes more efficient in utilizing water or less prone to drought and heat stress.
The Agency maintains its emergency communications and coordination capabilities and remains poised to activate the following elements ….
■ 20 administrators at the agency Headquarters Operation Center (ICS framework)
■ 10 agency liaisons to the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin
■ 22 agency liaisons to Disaster District Committees (DDC) state-wide
■ agency Emergency Management Website http://Texashelp.tamu.edu
■ provide an agency liaison at the EOC of lead state agency as requested
■ research teams to plan and conduct evaluation and accountability services
■ 90 subject matter experts on seven incident resource teams
■ 8 livestock specialists on the State Rapid Response Task Force
■ 38 county extension agents on six agricultural strike teams
■ the news and public affairs division of Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
■ the news and communications experts for Public Information Officer duties
■ AgNews.tamu.edu web capabilities to deliver news and educational materials directly into news rooms across the state and nation
■ facilitate the media’s access to subject matter experts across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas Sea Grant Programs and Texas A&M University