Disaster Preparedness

Emergencies and disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, terrorist activities, fire, explosions, transportation accidents, high consequence infectious diseases and other potential hazards continuously threaten Texas and its citizens. In response to such threats, state law requires every political subdivision in Texas prepare and keep current a local emergency operations plan which addresses preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery by maintaining an emergency management program that is updated at least every five years.  Each county in Texas maintains an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that is housed in the Office of the County Judge and contains basic information that provides a framework for response to any disaster regardless of its size, scope or cause.  Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are located in 126 out of the 254 counties in Texas; therefore, knowing emergency preparedness plans on the county, regional, and state levels may be beneficial in case of a disaster.