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Disaster and Hurricane Preparedness Workshop - Corpus Christi
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When: Friday, August 18
8:30 am-1 pm
Where: Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
900 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, Texas  78401
United States

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Disaster and Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

Approved for four TCEQ water and wastewater operator hours

Texas has not experienced a major hurricane since Hurricane Ike made landfall and devastated Galveston on September 13, 2008. Hurricane Ike proved the value of TXWARN in our ability to respond rapidly to the needs of many coastal utilities in a timely fashion. 

While there have not been any landfall events in Texas since Hurricane Ike, the effects of storms in Mexico and in proximity to Texas have been to cause significant rainfall events with subsequent flooding including the nearly 21-inches of rain in Corsicana in October of 2015. Additionally, the winds of Tropical storm Lee in September of 2011 caused the devastating Bastrop County Complex fire destroying 1,700 homes and bushiness and becoming the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state. Even though we have not experienced a significant hurricane in nine years, the effects of some of these storms have devastating effects on water and wastewater utilities over the most populated areas of the state.

Even with our flood experiences associated with hurricane events, the span of nine years since hurricane Ike causes concerns as during that period of time, utilities and staff may have ‘let down their guard’ and training for hurricanes, and during the same time period, those utility staff experienced with major disaster preparations and response may have left the utility or retired from the water community altogether.

To help overcome this issue, TXWARN is presenting two workshops in high risk coastal areas with subject matter experts from the TCEQ and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.



8:30–9:00 am       Check-in

9:00 am                Welcome and Introductory remarks

9:15 am                TCEQ role in disaster preparation, response and recovery

10:10 am              Texas Department of Emergency Management Role in Disaster Preparation, Response and

11:00 am               Break

11:15 am               Welcome back – Mutual Aid

         a. All Hazards Consequence Management/Mutual Aid

                      b. TXWARN

1. How TXWARN Works and connects to resources/State

2. All Hazards Consequence Management Manual

12:20 pm               Group Discussion Table Top Exercise

12:50 pm               Bringing it all together – Questions and Answers

1:00 pm                 Wrap up/Adjourn