Our region is susceptible to a range of disasters, floods, hurricanes, chemical accidents or acts of terrorism. The need for adequate preparation is not a matter of if but when. While we cannot eliminate the threats of disasters, good planning can help minimize their impacts. H-GAC is committed to working with local governments to ensure that our region is as prepared as can be.
Publications include guides for elected officials and first responders, an assessment of storm debris needs, and comprehensive planning tools identifying regional hazards and vulnerabilities.
This guidebook assist elected officials develop an emergency preparedness plan. It uses the Incident Command System format, which has been field-tested and adopted by many state and federal agencies for natural and facility disasters. The modular system allows maximum flexibility for individual community dynamics and can be used as a beginning framework from which detailed local plans can be developed or strengthened.
This guidebook offers strategies on a broad level for elected officials to consider when developing first responder training and plans. The recommendations are scalable and can be adjusted in proportion to local jurisdictions’ needs. The guide helps to establish standardized terminology, protocols and equipment to improve regional efficiency.
The Regional Storm Debris Management Assessment was designed to obtain information by reviewing current plans and through on-site interviews. The purpose of the reviews and interviews was to determine if the counties and municipalities were prepared to respond to a major debris-generating event.
The Houston Galveston Area Council of Government sponsored the development of a comprehensive Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the cities and counties in an seven-county area: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Walker and Waller counties and the incorporated cities within those counties.
The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was formally adopted in 2006. The plan is scheduled to be updated every 5-years. Detailed information about both the 2011 update and original 2006 plan is available.