Chapter 7: Emergency Management

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Section 1: Overview

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Purpose of This Section

Manmade and natural emergencies by their very nature are difficult to handle. This section provides guidance for emergency response.

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The State of Texas Emergency Management Plan was issued under the authority of the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code.

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Natural and Manmade Disasters

The State Emergency Management Plan identifies the responsibilities of all appropriate state agencies. The plan is available online on the Texas Department of Public Safety website. The Maintenance Division (MNT) is responsible for coordinating department disaster operations including basic National Incident Management System (NIMS) training.

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Role of the Department

During any major emergency or disaster, the department may be required to provide assistance both on and off the right of way. Disaster emergency services provided to the public by the department should be in accordance with the State Emergency Management Plan. Each district must develop and distribute standard operating procedures for emergency preparation, response and recovery. All employees must be trained in the standard operating procedures including basic National Incident Management System (NIMS) training.

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