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Preparedness Grant Case Studies: Texas

Texas Preparedness Grant Case Studies

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Icon for file of type application/pdfTexas Innovative Practice - Finance

Regional Disaster Finance Program: This Texas-funded innovative program trains jurisdictions to address disaster-related financial topics such as how to track time and labor, overtime charges, and travel cost processing. Local jurisdictions reported better capabilities in handling Hurricane Harvey-related finances after completing the training.

0.20MSeptember 16, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfTexas Innovative Practice - County Radio Systems

Houston, Harris County, and Montgomery County Radio Systems: The City of Houston, Harris County and Montgomery County built a fully interoperable emergency management communication network. Montgomery County’s network was built independently of the Houston/Harris County network, and all three governments coordinated to ensure that networks were interoperable. The counties continue to rely on one another for increased operational effectiveness. Previous networks required responders to carry multiple radios to communicate across jurisdictional lines; otherwise, responders were unable to communicate outside of their jurisdiction. Responders believe these upgraded operational communication capabilities saved countless lives during Hurricane Harvey.

0.25MSeptember 16, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfDHS FEMA Grant Effectiveness Case Study - Texas

More information on additional investments and impacts may be found in the full Texas case study report.

0.65MSeptember 16, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfTexas Innovative Practice - Arkema

Arkema Chemical Plant Fire Response: During Hurricane Harvey, flooding at the Arkema Chemical Plant caused trailers to leak dangerous chemicals. The Houston Police Department used a helicopter equipped with night vision video capabilities and data downlink software to reveal an unstable condition as chemicals began to react. This provided first responders real-time, detailed visual information that possibly saved the lives of sixteen responders who would have otherwise entered a dangerous situation.

Icon for file of type application/pdfTexas Innovative Practice - SETRPC Radio

Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Radio System: Over 18 years, the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) implemented an interoperable 800-megahertz (MHz) radio system. During Hurricane Harvey, local communities maintained clear and consistent communication as a result of these radio system improvements, even as floodwaters physically isolated them.