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    APRIL 30, 2010
                                STATE OF TEXAS

                        HURRICANE RESPONSE PLAN

                         APPROVAL AND IMPLEMENTATION

This plan is hereby accepted for implementation and supersedes the State of Texas Hurricane
Evacuation and Mass Care Plan dated June 5, 2007.

       April 30, 2010                                      //Signed//
Date                                      Jack Colley
                                          Assistant Director
                                          Texas Division of Emergency Management

                RECORD OF CHANGES

                     9/15/2010           CRM 9/17/2010

                                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.    AUTHORITY AND REFERENCES ............................................................................................1 
      A. STATE ....................................................................................................................................1 
      B. FEDERAL ...............................................................................................................................1 
      C. MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS AND CONTINGENCY PLANS...............................................2 
      D. EVACUATION AUTHORITY ..................................................................................................2 
II.  PURPOSE ..................................................................................................................................3 
      A. PURPOSE OF THIS PLAN ....................................................................................................3
      B. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PLANNING DOCUMENTS ......................................................3
III. EXPLANATION OF TERMS ......................................................................................................4
      A. ACRONYMS ...........................................................................................................................4
      B. DEFINITIONS .........................................................................................................................6
IV.  SITUATION AND ASSUMPTIONS ..........................................................................................10 
      A.SITUATION ...........................................................................................................................10
      B.ASSUMPTIONS ....................................................................................................................11
V.  CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS .................................................................................................13 
      A. HURRICANE RESPONSE STRATEGY AND POLICY ........................................................13
      B. HURRICANE RESPONSE PHASES ...................................................................................13
VI.  ORGANIZATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES ............................................24 
      A ORGANIZATION ..................................................................................................................24
      B. ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES ..............................................................................25
VII.  COORDINATION AND CONTROL ..........................................................................................38 
      A.STATE LEVEL PROCEDURES ............................................................................................38
      B.LOCAL LEVEL PROCEDURES ............................................................................................39
VIII. EMERGENCY RESPONSE LEVELS/ACTION GUIDES .........................................................39 
IX.  CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT ...........................................................................................39 
      A. LINES OF SUCCESSION ....................................................................................................39
      B. TRAINING ............................................................................................................................39
      C. RECORD KEEPING .............................................................................................................39
X.  ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT .......................................................................................40 
      A. SUPPORT ............................................................................................................................40
      B. AGREEMENTS AND UNDERSTANDING ...........................................................................40
      C. STATUS REPORTS .............................................................................................................40
      D. EXPENDITURES AND RECORD KEEPING .......................................................................40
      E. CRITIQUES ..........................................................................................................................40
XI.  DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE ..................................................................................41 
      A. DEVELOPMENT ..................................................................................................................41 
      B. MAINTENANCE ...................................................................................................................41 


1.    Hurricane Response Organization
2.    Hurricane Response Action Guide
3.    Texas Hurricane Preparedness Program
4.    Mass Care
      Tab A – Press Release Information
      Tab B – Catastrophic Sheltering
      Tab C – State Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Hub Map
5.    Medical Special Needs Evacuation and Sheltering
      Tab A – Ground and Air Ambulances Utilization Criteria for Statewide Disaster Response
      Tab B – Medical Special-Needs Shelters
      Tab C – DSHS medical Special Needs Toolkit
6.    Animal Care
7.    Regional Traffic Management and Contraflow Plans
8.    Evacuation Comfort Stations
9.    Hurricane Response Resource Summary
10.   Texas Special Needs Evacuation Tracking System
11.   Texas Fuel Emergency Operations Center
12.   Rapid Response Task Force
13.   Disaster Area Re-Entry
14.   Commodity Distribution Plan

                                        STATE OF TEXAS

                                HURRICANE RESPONSE PLAN


     This plan applies to emergency management operations during hurricane response.
     Strategic planning guidance and authorities governing its enactment and implementation

     A. STATE

        1.   Constitution of the State of Texas.

        2.   Chapter 418 (Emergency Management), Texas Government Code.

        3.   Chapter 421 (Homeland Security), Texas Government Code.

        4.   Chapter 433 (State of Emergency), Texas Government Code.

        5.   Chapter 778 (Emergency Management Assistance Compact), Texas Health and
             Safety Code.

        6.   Respective State Agency, Department, and Commission enabling legislation.

        7.   The Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan, Part III, State of Texas Emergency
             Management Plan, November 2000.

        8.   State of Texas Hazard Analysis, September 2000.


        1.   Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-
             288, as amended.

        2.   The National Strategy for Homeland Security, July 2002.

        3.   Emergency Management and Assistance, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 44.

        4.   Price-Anderson Amendments Act of 1988, Public Law 100-408, as amended.

        5.   Emergency Management Assistance Compact, Public Law 104-321.

        6.   National Response Framework, March 2008.

        7.   Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5: Management of Domestic Incidents.

        8.   Executive Order 13347,        Federal     Register—Individuals   with   Disabilities   in
             Emergency Preparedness.

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  9.   Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

  10. ADA Guide for Local Governments, U. S. Department of Justice, July 2005.

  11. ADA Best Practices Tool kit for State and Local Governments.

  12. Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006.

  13. FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101.

  14. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996.

  15. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 2008.


  1.   Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

  2.   Interstate Emergency Response Support Plan (IERSP), October 2009


  1.   The Governor, County Judges, and Mayors are vested with certain emergency
       management powers by Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code and by
       Executive Order of the Governor. These authorities are delineated in Section V of
       the State of Texas Emergency Management Plan.

  2.   The County Judge or the Mayor of a municipality may order the evacuation of all or
       part of the population from a stricken or threatened area under their authority if they
       consider the action necessary for the preservation of life or for other disaster
       mitigation, response or recovery aspects.

  3.   The Governor may recommend the evacuation of all or part of a population from a
       stricken or threatened area in the State if the Governor considers the action
       necessary for the preservation of life, or other disaster mitigation, response or
       recovery. By executive order or proclamation the Governor may declare a state of
       disaster if a disaster has occurred or the occurrence or threat of disaster is

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     1.   The purpose of this plan is to define the organization, operational concepts,
          responsibilities, and procedures to adequately prepare for and respond to a
          catastrophic hurricane landfall on or near the Texas Gulf Coast and subsequent
          operations. The plan outlines state, regional, and local government responsibilities
          for the effective movement of people and resources to an area of safety. This
          includes post-move reception and care. It also outlines the responsibilities of
          governments in the re-entry process that occurs immediately after storm conditions
          have ended.

     2.   This plan is applicable to all locations and to all agencies, organizations and
          personnel with hurricane response responsibilities.


     1. Relationship to Other State Plans.

          This plan is intended to supplement, not supersede the State of Texas Emergency
          Management Plan. This document includes specific planning information on logistics
          management, utilizing public and private sector partners during a catastrophic
          incident and large scale disaster response. There are several other specialized plans
          that address complex large-scale hazards, such as the Drought Contingency Plan,
          Hurricane Response and other plans developed to address special emergency
          situations. This document is not intended to supersede any of these plans.

     2. Relationship to Local Emergency Management Plans.

          This plan provides for coordination with local officials concerning hurricane threats
          and the effective integration of state support for local emergency operations when
          local officials request state assistance. Local emergency management plans provide
          guidance for the deployment of local emergency resources, mutual aid resources,
          and specialized local response resources under a local incident commander, who
          may be supported by a local Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Local emergency
          plans include specific provisions for requesting and deploying state resources to aid
          in managing and resolving emergency situations for which local resources are

     3. Relationship to Regional Emergency Management Plans.

          This plan provides for coordination with regional officials concerning hurricane
          threats and the effective integration of state support for regional emergency
          operations. Regional emergency management plans provide guidance for the
          deployment of regional emergency resources, mutual aid resources, and
          catastrophic regional response under the regional incident commander, who may be
          supported by a regional coordination center.

     4. Relationship to Federal Contingency Plans.

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        Relationship to Federal plans is provided for in the State of Texas Emergency
        Management Plan.

     5. Relationship to Interstate Agreements.

        Relationship to the interstate agreements is provided for in the State of Texas
        Emergency Management Plan. FEMA Region VI states, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
        Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana – entered into an Interstate Emergency Response
        Support Plan in October 2009 to expedite the provision of assistance during a
        disaster or catastrophic event such as a hurricane.



     ARC           American Red Cross
     ARCC          Alamo Regional Command Center
     BCFS          Baptist Child & Family Services
     CIKR          Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources
     COG           Councils of Government
     COOP          Continuity of Operations
     CSA           County Staging Area
     DADS          Department of Aging and Disability Services
     DARS          Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
     DDC           Disaster District Committee
     DFPS          Department of Family and Protective Services
     DHS           Department of Homeland Security
     DOE           Department of Energy
     DPS           Department of Public Safety
     DRC           Disaster Recovery Center
     DSHS          Department of State Health Services
     EAS           Emergency Alert System
     EMAC          Emergency Management Assistance Compact
     EMC           Emergency Management Coordinator
     EOC           Emergency Operations Center
     ESF           Emergency Support Function
     FCO           Federal Coordinating Officer
     FEMA          Federal Emergency Management Agency
     GLO           General Land Office
     HHSC          Health and Human Services Commission
     ICS           Incident Command System
     IMAT          Incident Management Assistance Teams
     IMT           Incident Management Team
     JFO           Joint Field Office
     JIC           Joint Information Center
     LSA           Logistics Staging Area
     MACC          Multi-Agency Coordination Center
     MSN           Medical Special Needs
     MOA           Memorandum of Agreement
     MOU           Memorandum of Understanding
     NERRTC        National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center

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NHC      National Hurricane Center
NIMS     National Incident Management System
NIPP     National Infrastructure Protection Plan
NRF      National Response Framework
NWS      National Weather Service
PIO      Public Information Officer
PFO      Principal Federal Official
POD      Point of Distribution
PUC      Public Utility Commission
PWRT     Public Works Response Team
RACES    Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
RLO      Regional Liaison Officer
RRT      Regional Response Team
RRTF     Rapid Response Task Force
RSA      Resource Staging Area
SAR      Search and Rescue
SEMC     State Emergency Management Council
SITREP   Situation Report
SLOSH    Sea, Lake and Overland Surge from Hurricanes
SOC      State Operations Center
SOP      Standard Operating Procedures
TAHC     Texas Animal Health Commission
TCEQ     Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
TDA      Texas Department of Agriculture
TDCJ     Texas Department of Criminal Justice
TDEM     Texas Division of Emergency Management
TEA      Texas Education Agency
TEEX     Texas Engineering Extension Service
TFS      Texas Forest Service
THCA     Texas Health Care Association
THP      Texas Highway Patrol
TPASS    Texas Procurement & Support Services
TPWD     Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
TRRN     Texas Regional Response Network
TSA      The Salvation Army
TxDOT    Texas Department of Transportation
TXMF     Texas Military Forces
TXSART   Texas State Animal Resource Team
TXWARN   Texas Water/Wastewater Response Network
UCGS     Unified Coordination Group and Staff
USACE    United States Army Corps of Engineers
USGS     United States Geological Survey

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  1.   Catastrophic Hurricane: A hurricane defined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind
       Scale as producing catastrophic damage equal to a Category 4 or 5 storm.

  2.   Catastrophic Incident: Any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism, which
       results in occurrence that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties,
       damage, or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment,
       economy, national morale, and/or government functions.

  3.   Comfort Station: A designated rest area on a hurricane emergency evacuation route
       that offers water and ice to evacuees. Some may offer additional portable rest room
       facilities and additional services, depending upon volunteer capabilities. No fuel
       services are offered at comfort stations.

  4.   Disaster: An occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury,
       loss of life or property that is beyond the capability of the governments within the
       affected area(s) to resolve with their resources.

  5.   Emergency: Absent a Presidential declaration, any incident(s), natural or man-
       made, that requires responsive action to protect life or property. Under the Robert T.
       Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, an emergency is defined as
       occasion or instance for which, in the determination of the President, federal
       assistance is needed to supplement state and local efforts and capabilities to save
       lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the
       threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States.

  6.   Emergency Evacuation Traffic Management Plans: Plans issued by the Texas
       Department of Public Safety that designate specific evacuation routes, describe law
       enforcement assignments and incorporate Texas Department of Transportation
       contraflow procedures and controls to ensure the efficient movement of traffic
       during hurricane evacuations.

  7.   Emergency Public Information: Information that is disseminated primarily in
       anticipation of an emergency or during an emergency. In addition to providing
       situational information to the public, it also frequently provides directive actions
       required to be taken by the general public.

  8.   Evacuation: Organized, phased, and supervised withdrawal, dispersal, or removal
       of civilians from dangerous or potentially dangerous areas, and their reception and
       care in safe areas.

  9.   Evacuation Area: Geographic coastal areas identified by officials as at risk from
       coastal winds and storm surge associated with hurricanes. In some areas, these are
       called “Risk Areas”; in others “Evacuation Zones”.

  10. Evacuation Zone: Hurricane evacuation area defined by either geographic or
      governmental features (e.g., roads, railroads, rivers, city/county jurisdictional lines)
      or ZIP code.

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11. Fuel Coordination Team: A group of private sector partners from the fuel industry
    that ensures the availability and distribution of fuel during emergency events.

12. H- Hour or Day: “H-“ (H minus) designates the amount of time remaining before the
    predicted arrival of tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 MPH)
    somewhere on the Texas coast. It is used as a benchmark for the timing of pre-
    landfall response activities.

13. HAZUS-MH: A computer program that calculates potential damage estimates for
    hurricane wind, coastal flooding, river flooding and earthquakes.

14. Host Counties: Designated inland counties offering coordinated mass care and
    shelter support to evacuating coastal communities.

15. Household Pet: A domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, rodent, or
    turtle that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial
    purposes, can travel in commercial carriers, and be housed in temporary facilities.
    Household pets do not include reptiles (except turtles), amphibians, fish,
    insects/arachnids, farm animals (including horses), and animals kept for racing

16. Household Pet Shelter: Any private or public facility that provides shelter to rescued
    household pets and/or the household pets of evacuees in response to a declared
    disaster or emergency.

17. HURREVAC: A computer program that displays the projected hurricane track and
    provides wind and evacuation timing information for decision-makers.

18. Hurricane Warning: An announcement issued by the National Hurricane Center
    (NHC) for specific areas of the coast when hurricane force winds (sustained winds
    of 64 KTS/74 MPH or higher) are anticipated within 24 hours.

19. Hurricane Watch: An announcement issued by the NHC for specific areas of the
    coast when hurricane force winds are anticipated within 36 hours.

20. Immediate Care Strike Team: A group of responders who manage a distribution site
    for life-sustaining resources (food, ice, water) in areas where these items are not
    available immediately after a storm.

21. Incident Action Plan (IAP): An oral or written plan containing general objectives
    reflecting the overall strategy for managing an incident. It may include the
    identification of operational resources and assignments. It may also include
    attachments that provide direction and important information for management of the
    incident during one or more operational periods.

22. Major Disaster: As defined under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and
    Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122) as amended, means any natural
    catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind driven water,
    tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm,
    or drought) or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the
    United States, which in the determination of the President causes damage of

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    sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance under this
    Chapter to supplement the efforts and available resources of States, tribes, local
    governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss,
    hardship, or suffering caused thereby.

23. Mass Care: Meeting basic human needs for people who have been impacted by the
    occurrence of a disaster or emergency event. It includes the capability to provide
    immediate shelter, feeding operations, emergency basic first-aid. It can also include
    resources including crisis counseling, emotional and spiritual care and/or
    distribution of disaster related supplies donations and other essential life supporting
    requirements necessary to meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors and
    emergency response workers.

24. Medical Special Needs Population: Individuals who need assistance during
    evacuation and sheltering due to physical or mental disabilities or who are minors
    under the age of 18, and/or who require a level of care and resources that is beyond
    the basic first aid level of care available in general population shelters.

25. Multi-Agency Coordination Center: A coordination and control element responsible
    for preparing for and responding to catastrophic events on a regional basis. The
    MACC is established by the County Judge(s) and Mayors from a multi-jurisdictional
    area who also appoint a Coordinator to mange MACC operations. Some State
    agencies and other organizations also have MACCs. In this document, the term
    MACC refers to the center established by the County Judges and Mayors, unless
    there is an agency/organization name associated.

26. Point-to-Point Shelters: A component of the Shelter Hub system consists of pre-
    designated sites, identified by local jurisdictions, and coordinated and documented
    by agreements between evacuating coastal areas and receiving inland jurisdictions
    to ensure unpublicized shelter accommodations for evacuees involved in mass
    transportation operations.

27. Public Works Assessment Team: A team of technical experts in one or more Public
    Works disciplines that will deploy to a disaster stricken area to assist local
    jurisdictions with critical infrastructure assessment and essential functions of

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28. Public Works Resource Team: A team of specialized personnel, tools, and
    equipment required to build specific response capability in one of several Public
    Works disciplines such as certified water/wastewater personnel, inspectors, or road
    maintenance crews.

29. Public Works Response Team: A team of public works personnel with the resources
    and expertise to support assessment and damage repair in the planning for, and
    recovery from, a catastrophic event. This includes liaison and planning support in
    the State Operations Center and on-scene assessment and operational support.

30. R+ Hour or Day: “R+” (R plus) designates the amount of time that has elapsed
    following the subsidence of hazards caused by a hurricane or other catastrophic

31. Re-entry: A phased process of allowing appropriate agencies and vendors access
    to damaged areas affected by hurricane-related hazards. Re-entry marks the
    transition from the response phase into the recovery phase of the disaster. It
    includes efforts to restore continuity of government and critical infrastructure/key
    resources to support the community.

32. Reception Center: Pre-designated facility within a shelter hub to process evacuees
    entering a city or county. Evacuees will be registered, triaged, and directed to an
    appropriate shelter.

33. Resource Staging Area: Central location where equipment, food, water, and ice are
    received and distributed in support and shelter operations.

34. Risk Area: Hurricane evacuation areas whose boundaries are tied directly to
    anticipated surge and wind penetration depth of a tropical storm or hurricane. As of
    2009, Texas coastal areas using the “risk area” approach are Lake Sabine (Orange,
    Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, and Newton Counties), Matagorda (Calhoun, Victoria,
    and Jackson Counties) and the Valley (Cameron and Willacy Counties). There are
    five risk areas corresponding to the five categories of hurricanes defined by the
    Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale and the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from
    Hurricanes (SLOSH) model.

35. Service Animal: Any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to
    provide assistance to an individual with a disability including, but not limited to,
    guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to
    intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a
    wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.

36. Shelter: Short-term lodging facilities opened for evacuees prior to, during, and after
    an incident. Shelters are typically places where mass care operations are
    conducted and are generally located away from known hazards.

37. Shelter Hub: A pre-identified, inland city possessing sufficient infrastructure and
    resources to logistically support and deploy resources for large-scale evacuations
    and mass care operations. Generally, a shelter hub would be located along a
    coastal evacuation route and away from potential hazards.

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     38. Special Needs Population: Individuals who cannot self-evacuate for underlying or
         unknown reasons.

     39. State Transportation Assistance Registry: A local registry of people who request
         State evacuation assistance via the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network.



     1.   The State of Texas Hazard Analysis, published by TDEM, provides detailed
          information concerning the occurrences and impact of hurricanes in Texas.

     2.   The State of Texas has periodically experienced hurricanes so widespread or
          severe that local and State resources were insufficient to meet response and
          recovery needs. In such instances, the State sought assistance from other states
          and the federal government.

     3.   The hurricane threat facing the State has the potential to cause catastrophic
          damage, mass casualties and mass fatalities. The occurrence of a catastrophic
          hurricane could quickly overwhelm affected local governments and rapidly deplete
          State resources. It is essential that all levels of government remain prepared to
          continue to operate effectively during crisis and continue to ensure public safety,
          essential services, and uninterrupted coordination and control capabilities.

     4.   The Constitution of the State of Texas and state statutes require governments to
          implement continuity of operations plans (COOP), to include succession of
          government officials, identification of alternate operations facilities, preservation of
          vital records and protection of government personnel, materials, equipment and
          facilities. Measures shall be in place before hurricane threats materialize to ensure
          continuity of government is maintained following emergencies or disasters.

     5.   Effective prevention and preparedness operations, early warning and evacuation,
          and well-trained and equipped response forces may reduce the number of deaths
          and injuries caused by a hurricane. Effective pre-disaster prevention and mitigation
          initiatives can also reduce the amount of damage to private and public property and
          facilities resulting from a disaster. Successful re-entry operations are critical to the
          rapid restoration of infrastructure and services in the impacted area.

     6.   The ability of the State and local governments to provide for the safety and welfare
          of the public during an emergency or disaster is directly influenced by the
          effectiveness of preparedness, response and continuity of operations.

     7.   The availability of critical emergency response and recovery capabilities and
          resources can be expanded through deployment of intrastate and interstate mutual
          aid. Local governments will enter into local and regional mutual aid agreements to
          supplement their capabilities.

     8.   Although the State and local governments have a wide variety of emergency
          response assets, and staging areas, emergency contracts are available to provide

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       certain specialized emergency response equipment, supplies, and services to
       supplement resources.

  9. Chapter 418, Government Code, provides that state or local government employees
     or volunteers acting at the direction of an Officer or Employee of the State or local
     agency who are carrying out sheltering or housing of disaster survivors, due to an
     evacuation are considered to be members of the state military forces for purposes of
     civil liability.


  1.   The State and its political subdivisions will continue to experience emergency
       situations and disasters that may cause injury, damage and death, or may
       necessitate emergency evacuation, search and rescue, sheltering, and mass care
       for at risk citizens.

  2.   Local governments will develop, maintain, and implement comprehensive all
       hazards emergency management plans, pursuant with NIMS, contain prevention,
       preparedness, response, and recovery elements and procedures in accordance
       with State Planning Standards.

  3.   Emergency response and recovery capabilities will be enhanced by deployment of
       supplemental resources through intrastate and interstate mutual aid agreements
       and actions.

  4.   Local emergency operations, including mutual aid, will be directed by officials of the
       local government, except in those situations where State law requires an agency to
       exercise lead responsibility or where local government personnel require special
       expertise to cope with the problem(s) at hand.

  5.   State resources will be committed when local and regional resources are
       inadequate to cope with an emergency situation or threat, and a valid request for
       supplemental state assistance is received from the Mayor, County Judge or their
       designee(s) pursuant to procedures established in the State of Texas Emergency
       Management Plan.

  6.   A number of hazards threaten Texas capable of causing a catastrophic incident or
       major disaster. The most probable is a Category 3 or greater hurricane, with
       sustained winds in excess of 110 miles per hour.

  7.   The occurrence of a catastrophic event may cause widespread damage to the
       infrastructure and curtail emergency response capabilities of state and local
       governments. Such an event could result in government being unable to adequately
       provide for the safety and welfare of the general public.

  8.   It is expected that state-owned facilities and resources in a catastrophic disaster
       area will suffer widespread damage and destruction. This may severely limit or
       eliminate immediate response capabilities of state agencies within the disaster area.

  9.   Federal response and recovery assistance will be necessary to provide for public
       safety before, during and after a catastrophic incident in Texas. It is expected

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    federal assistance provided to Texas will be based upon specific requests and
    priorities provided by the State.

10. Although this plan outlines procedures for coordinating the provision of
    supplemental emergency assistance, it is essential for all levels of government to be
    prepared to carry out emergency response and short-term recovery actions on an
    independent basis.

11. Under all conditions, actions will be taken to maintain a representative form of
    government in the State.

12. The consequence of an emergency or disaster could result in death or injury of key
    elected or appointed officials. Should this occur, emergency response operations
    will be more effective if lines of succession clearly identify personnel in charge, their
    location, how to contact them, and what emergency powers are authorized and may
    be duly executed.

13. Day-to-day operations or work centers may be destroyed or become inoperable
    during a disaster. Emergency response operations will be more effective if the State
    Operations Center (SOC) is protected and if personnel know where pre-selected
    and prepared alternate sites for all government operations are located. Additional
    effectiveness may be possible through use of a mobile coordination and control

14. Primary communications systems may be destroyed, degraded, or rendered
    inoperable in a disaster. Emergency response operations will be more effective if
    compatible, alternate, and/or mobile communications capabilities are available and
    operational. Comprehensive planning will be necessary to ensure effective
    communications during crisis situations.

15. Damage or destruction of critical infrastructure and key facilities as well as essential
    equipment and supplies located in hazard vulnerable areas can be greatly reduced
    through pre-planned protection and relocation actions.

16. The identification and continued protection of vital records is essential to the
    continuity of government and the effective return to normal operations of an area
    affected by a disaster.

17. Proper implementation of this plan by all levels of government in Texas will save
    lives, reduce human suffering, and reduce or prevent disaster-related losses.

18. Flooding and loss of power can cause critical public works infrastructure
    components to be out of service for days or weeks. These include commercial
    electric power, water, wastewater, storm water drainage, and roads/bridges.
    Disruption of services impacts the ability of key businesses to re-open and citizens
    to return. Alternative and redundant power services may limit outages and should
    be considered in assessing the criticality of these services.

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     1.   Hurricane response activities are conducted pursuant to the National Incident
          Management System (NIMS) and certain requirements of the National Response
          Framework (NRF). Evacuation operations will include work in an Incident Command
          System (ICS) environment.

     2.   Hurricane response consists of seven (7) distinct and mutually supporting phases
          applicable to all hurricane response operations and to all levels of government:

          a. Early Warning

          b. Coordination and control

          c. Evacuation and Care of Citizens during Evacuation

          d. Search and Rescue

          e. Mass care and Sheltering Operations

          f. Rapid Response Immediately after Impact

          g. Disaster Area Re-Entry Operations


     1.   Early Warning

          a. The National Hurricane Center will monitor and provide the Texas SOC periodic
             updates on any storm system development that could potentially enter the Gulf
             of Mexico and threaten the State of Texas.

          b. The Southern Region National Weather Service will track and report to the SOC
             any development in the Gulf and evaluate potential impact on the State of

          c. If a storm develops with the potential to enter the Gulf, the SOC will initiate a
             conference call schedule and invite local, state, and federal partners to
             participate in the calls. The calls provide information on the current situation and
             proposed preparation activities, as warranted.

          d. Evacuation decision tools (HURREVAC, HAZUS, etc.) are available to assist
             state and local officials in determining potential storm impact. Previous
             evacuation studies along with Storm data is required to determine appropriate
             evacuations times. These are addressed further in Attachment 3.

          e. Public Information dissemination is a critical component of the warning. Many
             traditional emergency notification methods are not accessible to or usable by
             some people in the special needs population. Warning methods must ensure all

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          citizens receive the information necessary to make sound decisions and take
          appropriate, responsible action. Using a combination of warning methods will be
          more effective than relying on one method alone. This will include the use of
          traditional as well as social/new media outlets, press releases, and door-to-door

     f.   The SOC publishes a daily Situation Report as soon as a potential threat is
          known to the State. The Situation Reports capture the current threat(s),
          resources committed or staged, and mission priorities. The Situation Reports will
          be available on the TDEM website.

2.   Coordination and Control

     a. The size and complexity of response operations require coordination and control
        capability that is both extensive and redundant. During pre-storm operations, the
        State must be ready to assemble the resources and personnel to assist in large
        scale evacuations, possibly from more than one area of the coast. The State may
        be required to assist local jurisdictions with resources and personnel to open and
        staff sufficient public shelters for evacuees. The state hurricane evacuation
        matrix consists of over 1,000 activities necessary to execute an evacuation along
        the coast.

     b. The hub of the coordination and control system is the State Operations Center
        (SOC). State agencies and the public and private organizations that have a
        response role provide representatives to this organization. The SOC seeks to
        maintain the most current picture of the response effort. Information flows into the
        SOC from the impact area and other areas of the State where response
        resources are located or response operations are planned or on-going. The
        information comes from the Disaster District Committee(s) (DDCs) and Regional
        Liaison Officers (RLOs). It may also from response teams, and/or elected
        officials. The SOC, in turn, publishes a daily situation report that summarizes the
        overall situation, actions taken in the last reporting, and the objectives for the
        next circumstance reporting period. The SOC also hosts daily conference calls
        that provide the current situation and offers impacted jurisdictions the opportunity
        to report directly on their situation and to ask questions as necessary.

     c. The Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) is a key coordination and control
        node for allocating resources in the impact area. Jurisdictions identify resource
        needs to the MACC which then attempts to locate the resource at another
        jurisdiction within the same COG or another MACC. If successful, the MACC
        coordinates the temporary transfer of the resource to the requesting jurisdiction.

     d. If the MACC cannot fill resource requests, jurisdictions turn to the DDC, which
        manages all state assets in that DPS region. If the DDC is not able to fill the
        request, it is forwarded to the SOC for response. The DDC maintains
        communications with all the jurisdictions in its region and provides daily situation
        reports to the SOC.

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     e. At the request of the DDC, MACC, and/or individual local jurisdictions, the Texas
        Forest Service deploys full Incident Management Teams (IMT) or smaller
        elements to assist with response efforts and resource tracking. This support is
        available prior to storm landfall, if requested.

     f. Two Regional Command Centers and two State Disaster Resource Support and
        Staging Sites have been established to support hurricane response operations:
        the Alamo Area Regional Command and Disaster Resource Support and Staging
        Site in San Antonio and East Texas Regional Command and Disaster Resource
        Support and Staging Site in Lufkin. These centers and sites function as logistic
        hubs for resources and in some cases personnel, destined for the impact area in
        the aftermath of the storm.

     g. A final coordination and control capability is provided by the Rapid Response
        Task Force (RRFT) set up to enter after the storm has passed in the initial rapid
        response phase. In addition to having resources and personnel to assist in area
        security, search and rescue, initial assessment, restoration of infrastructure and
        other post storm response operations, the task force will also have mobile
        command posts equipped with robust communications capability to provide
        communications internally as well as with the DDC, local jurisdictions and the

     h. Communications

       1) The State has made many advances in interoperable communications and
          continues to enhance these capabilities. The Texas Radio Communications
          Interoperability Plan employs a network approach using the demonstrated
          leadership at the regional level through Texas Councils of Government
          (COGs) and adherence to the DHS national technical requirements for
          wireless public safety communications and interoperability. This plan
          leverages existing radio systems rather than the costly replacement of the
          existing public safety radio infrastructure in Texas.

       2) Procedures should address standardized emergency data reporting to ensure
          a clear, concise, and common operating picture. A common operating picture
          will allow incident managers at all levels to make effective, consistent, and
          timely decisions.

       3) Communications Coordination Group will facilitate interagency planning and
          execution of communications support for joint, interagency, and
          intergovernmental task forces.

3.   Evacuation and care during evacuation

     a. General

       1) The authority to order an evacuation rests with County Judges and City
          Mayors. Chapter 418, Government Code, provides that a county judge or
          mayor may order and evacuation.

       2) To successfully implement a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional evacuation, it is

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     essential all affected local communities, regions, and the State work closely
     together prior to and during the evacuation process. An effective evacuation
     is closely dependent upon the provision and coordination of evacuation
     information and instructions as well as the expeditious flow of traffic out of the
     threatened area.

  3) TDEM, DSHS, health care facilities, county officials and other entities working
     in coordination with the State Planning Regions, subject to Texas
     Government Code; Section 418.1882 will develop required plans for
     personnel surge capacity during disasters, including provisions for lodging
     and meals for disaster relief workers and volunteers. The MACS will provide
     basic guidance for this task and facilitate the planning initiatives in each
     region. Local officials should be prepared to advise the public how, when, and
     where to evacuate from the existing or anticipated risk areas. Additionally,
     jurisdictions must implement contingency plans to provide warning and
     evacuation assistance to special needs and medical special needs

  4) Once the decision to evacuate is made, local government officials should
     advise the appropriate DDC and adjacent/inland jurisdictions. During a large-
     scale evacuation, the DDC will assist in coordinating evacuation flow with
     other jurisdictions, regions. The notification will assist other jurisdictions in
     deciding if and when to recommend or direct an evacuation of their citizens.
     Local governments must also execute responsibilities in accordance with
     DPS-developed traffic management plans.

  5) The evacuation population can be divided into two groups: (a) citizens who
     can self-evacuate and need no assistance (general population) and (b)
     citizens who require some level of assistance to evacuate (special needs
     population). The special needs population has been further divided into: (a)
     citizens who are otherwise able-bodied and only need transportation
     assistance and (b) citizens who require transportation and some level of
     medical or supervisory assistance to evacuate (medical special needs). The
     Medical Special Needs has been subdivided based on the type and level of
     assistance required. These groupings are detailed in Attachment 5.

  6) A phased approach to evacuation will be necessary in most storms with
     special needs evacuees departing first, followed by the general population.
     Special needs evacuees will start the evacuation process as early as 72
     hours prior to landfall of 34 kts winds in the coastal area. The general
     population will evacuate after special needs evacuees are en route inland,
     normally around 48 hours prior to landfall. At 24 hours prior to landfall,
     evacuation operations transition to search and rescue operations. The
     objective is to get both groups out of the immediate danger area before the
     arrival of tropical storm force winds.

b. Special Needs Evacuations

  1) The State has established a voluntary confidential registry for individuals who
     may need evacuation assistance. These special needs individuals living in
     hurricane evacuation zones are encouraged to register with the 2-1-1

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   Transportation Assistance Registry if transportation is required during an
   evacuation. Local officials will use the registry information to develop local
   transportation plans and arrangements. Registration with 2-1-1 does not
   ensure a person a ride; it does alert local officials to their need for
   transportation. As a storm and evacuation draw near, 2-1-1 may transition, or
   refer these calls to emergency 911 for assistance.

2) Local governments must coordinate with public health professionals and
   other resources to compile and maintain a list of individuals within their
   jurisdictions requiring special notification, evacuation, and shelter during
   emergency events. All licensed special needs facilities are required by state
   law to maintain emergency evacuation and transportation plans. Local
   governments should review for viability evacuation plans maintained by
   licensed special needs facilities.

3) People with disabilities may face a variety of challenges during a hurricane
   evacuation. The evacuation may require lengthy travel on transportation
   assets not equipped to accommodate special needs individuals. Evacuation
   plans should ensure people with disabilities can either safely self-evacuate or
   be evacuated by responsible parties via appropriate transportation assets.
   Care during evacuation is an essential planning component of transportation.

4) Special needs evacuees, who travel on state-contracted buses, including
   school district and/or contracted commercial buses, will be registered in the
   Texas Special Needs Tracking System (TxSNETS). Additional information
   concerning the tracking system is addressed in Attachment 10.

5) Planning at all levels of government shall also address mass care support
   requirements for the special needs population.

   a) Local officials should pre-identify shelters and survey the facilities to
      identify barriers to access. Barriers should be removed, when feasible. If
      barriers cannot be eliminated, the shelter may not be appropriate for
      persons with disabilities.

   b) All emergency shelters should provide adequate security; have
      accessible parking, exterior routes, entrances, interior routes, and
      restrooms serving the shelter area.

   c) People with disabilities should not be segregated; they should use the
      same shelters as their neighbors and coworkers except when medically

   d) Plans must address household pets and service animals traveling with
      the special needs population. Service animals will be allowed to stay with
      their owners in general population shelters. Consideration should also be
      made for the evacuation and sheltering of household pets and livestock.

   e) Local officials should invite representatives of group homes and others
      from the disability community to meet with planners during routine shelter
      planning. Representatives may be helpful in identifying disability-related

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           concerns with the proposed shelters. It may also be possible to develop
           site-specific instructions for volunteers and staff to address these

      f)   A reasonable number of emergency shelters should have back-up
           generators and a means to keep medications cool. Shelters with
           electricity and refrigeration should be made available on a priority basis to
           people whose disabilities require these services.

      g) Special consideration should be given to identifying and segregating
         registered sex offenders from the shelter population. Shelter SOP’s and
         staff training shall address how this is done and who is responsible.

      h) Texas Government Code Section 418 provides that entities responsible
         for care of individuals with medical special needs shall develop
         information on volunteering. DSHS is the lead state agency responsible
         for coordinating medical volunteers and assignments.

c. General Population Evacuation

  1) When the special needs phase of the evacuation is complete or nearly
     complete, local officials will notify the general population that it is time for
     departure. If traffic management plans have not been activated by this time,
     they will go into effect for the general population evacuation. The objective is
     to complete this phase of the evacuation prior to the arrival of 34 knot winds
     in the local area.

  2) Unless it conflicts with the established traffic management plan for the area,
     the general population evacuation will be self-directed and evacuees will be
     allowed to use any route out of the coastal area.

d. Transportation

  1) While transportation responsibility primarily rests with local jurisdictions, the
     State anticipates and deliberately plans to support transportation
     augmentation during a catastrophic hurricane evacuation. All available modes
     of transportation, to include independent school district and contract buses,
     local public transportation systems, aircraft, helicopters, rail and emergency
     service resources, will be deployed during evacuation operations, where
     practical. Transportation resources will be prioritized to best support
     movement of the special needs population. Texas is also a party to the multi-
     state Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The compact
     includes provisions for requesting transportation assistance during disasters
     from other states. TDEM has also entered into an agreement titled, the
     Interstate Emergency Response Support Plan (IERSP) with FEMA Region VI
     states to provide an immediate response and support capability when
     requested in preparation for, during, or after a catastrophic event.

  2) The State of Texas has contracted for commercial buses to assist the
     movement of persons with medical special needs and those that do not have
     transportation to evacuate. These buses will be provided to areas that have

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      the highest threat of impact. Generally, commercial bus companies will be
      alerted at H-120 hours and activated for deployment at some point between
      H-94 and H-48 hours.

  3) The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will contact, Independent School
     Districts across the State, through Regional Education Service Centers to
     provide buses to assist with transporting individuals in the impact area(s) to
     areas of safety. Generally, these districts will be alerted at H-120 hours and
     the buses will be activated for deployment at some point between H-94 and
     H-48 hours.

  4) Buses will be tracked through a component of the evacuee tracking system.
     Manifests will be maintained to cross reference buses and passengers. In
     addition, buses will be tracked via GPS. This is spelled out in Attachment 10
     of this plan.

  5) The State contracted for a limited number of aircraft for evacuation support.
     This resource will be deployed based on priority of need.

  6) DSHS has also contracted for ambulance support for large scale evacuations
     requiring augmentation.

  7) Military air support will be requested during a catastrophic event. It may not
     be available in sufficient capabilities to effect the evacuation. Therefore, all
     jurisdictions should maintain a effective evacuation plan.

e. Logistics

  1) Resource Support will work with state agencies, local, government and
     voluntary agencies, as appropriate, to establish a state-to-local resource
     distribution system to ensure goods and services can be obtained, stored,
     secured, and distributed to agencies or people in need after a disaster.

  2) The Resource Support group will locate, obtain, equip, and operate State
     LSAs. These facilities will serve as permanent storage areas for supplies and
     materials introduced into disaster areas for response and recovery operations
     and distribution to disaster victims.

  3) Materials and supplies stored in the LSAs acquired by the state, federal,
     and/or local governments will remain under the control of the government
     entities that requested or procured them. Similarly, supplies and donations
     given to or procured by individual voluntary agencies, with space set aside for
     their operations in the RSAs, will remain under the management and control
     of those individual voluntary agencies.

  4) The Resource Support group will locate, obtain, equip, and operate State
     RSAs. These facilities will serve as temporary storage areas for supplies and
     materials introduced into the disaster areas for response and recovery
     operations and for distribution to disaster victims. The RSAs will provide
     resources to County Staging Areas (CSAs) and Points of Distribution (PODs).

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  5) Local jurisdictions are responsible for establishing, managing, equipping,
     operating, and staffing all PODs within their jurisdictions. The State will assist
     local jurisdictions in the operation of POD(s) in affected areas when the local
     jurisdiction is not capable of providing the resources to manage and/or
     operate POD(s) within their jurisdiction.

  6) A County may also elect to open additional PODs but they will be responsible
     for securing, managing, equipping, operating, and staffing any County
     Staging Area(s) (CSA) located within their jurisdiction.

f. Evacuation Comfort Stations

  TxDOT will manage designated comfort stations along the route to primarily
  support the use of school buses. Contract long-haul buses are capable of
  travelling greater distances without services. Evacuation comfort stations are
  addressed further in Attachment 8.

g. Emergency Fuel Operations

  1) A group of private sector partners from the fuel industry serve as a Fuel
     Coordination Team in the State Operations Center during activations for a
     hurricane or other catastrophic disaster. The Fuel Coordination Team will
     ensure availability and distribution of fuel during the emergency event. Team
     members include representatives from the Texas Oil and Gas Association,
     the Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, supply
     terminals, distributors, retailers, and third party Common Carrier transporters.
     The team can allow for non-traditional supply arrangements among carriers
     and retailers in order to meet the demand for fuel, while observing safety
     considerations. The Texas Fuel Emergency Operations Center, Operations
     plan is located in Attachment 11.

  2) Beginning at least five days (H-120) before the onset of tropical storm winds,
     the public will be encouraged to fuel their vehicles to capacity through a
     series of public service announcements. These announcements are intended
     to stimulate demand for fuel while there is still time to replenish the fuel
     system and avoid sudden depletion of fuel during evacuation and/or other
     emergency operations.

  3) DPS will provide law enforcement officers with GPS equipment to escort fuel
     vehicles and expedite the delivery of fuel.

  4) As conditions warrant, fuel vehicles will be diverted around areas with high
     traffic congestion by the Fuel Coordination Team.

  5) Incremental fuel storage at identified locations is possible through the
     deployment of temporary fuel storage tanks.

  6) The Fuel Coordination Team will assess the need for extra equipment to
     meet shortfalls and can request waivers as needed. Actions will also be taken
     to prepare resources for fuel availability in potentially impacted areas for post-
     landfall use.

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       7) The Fuel Coordination Team will continue operations in the SOC to expedite
          fuel re-supply through re-entry operations.

4.   Search and Rescue

     a. Some citizens will choose not to, or are unable to evacuate and may request
        evacuation assistance as the storm approaches and conditions worsen. The
        State plans to pre-position Search and Rescue (SAR) assets in the potential
        impact area prior to the arrival of the storm assist with this mission. The objective
        of State SAR efforts is to rescue individuals and move them to a safer location in
        the immediate area before the storm makes landfall. The State SAR team is
        made up of Texas Task Force 1 and 2 and the United States Coast Guard. SAR
        Operations will terminate when it is no longer safe to fly.

     b. SAR efforts will begin again during rapid response operations as soon as
        conditions permit after storm landfall.

5.   Mass Care and Sheltering

     a. General

       1) The ultimate responsibility for mass care support for persons located within a
          jurisdiction rests with the local government. Local governments are
          responsible for developing a plan to coordinate and provide mass care
          support for persons affected by a disaster, either at the disaster location or at
          a point of refuge away from the disaster area.

       2) The requirements for mass care support may vary depending upon the
          nature, type, and level of the emergency. Mass care support may include
          providing temporary shelter, water, food, ice, short-term medical care,
          clothing, identification of disaster victims, crisis counseling, pastoral care, and
          other essential life support assistance to people who have been displaced
          from their homes because of a disaster or a disaster threat situation.

       3) The high demand for mass care support during a catastrophic hurricane
          event necessitates a partnership between voluntary agencies and local and
          state government. Voluntary Agencies provide the majority of mass care
          assets, expertise, and operations for shelters. However, the scope of
          operations during a catastrophic disaster may prompt some local
          governments to establish and operate shelters. In either case, these
          partnerships ensure gaps in service are identified and resolved in the most
          efficient manner.

       4) The State receives, prioritizes, and tracks requests for mass care assistance
          that cannot be resolved at the local level. Throughout the emergency,
          agencies working in tandem at the DDCs and the SOC, collect and analyze
          local information, monitor the status of mass care activities, prioritize need,
          and provide additional resources as necessary.

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  5) The Shelter Hub System concept was developed to address substantial
     demands of a catastrophic hurricane evacuation. The system is supported by
     pre-designated inland cities possessing sufficient infrastructure and
     resources to support large-scale mass care operations. Within each hub,
     shelters are pre-identified by geographic clusters to best facilitate efficient
     mass care support. Shelter Hub System operations are detailed in
     Attachment 4.

  6) Point-to-Point Shelters are a component of the Shelter Hub System and
     support the efficient movement and sheltering of mass transportation
     evacuations. Point-to-Point shelters are pre-coordinated and documented by
     Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between evacuating coastal cities and
     receiving inland cities. These shelters are strictly reserved for evacuees in
     transit and are not announced to the general public.

  7) Reception Centers are a key component of the Shelter Hub System, which
     provide pre-designated locations where evacuees are “received.” Upon
     arrival, evacuees are triaged, registered, and assigned a shelter within the
     hub to match their immediate needs.

  8) Each shelter hub is also supported by a pre-identified Resource Staging
     Area, which provides the capability to receive, store, and distribute essential
     mass care resources.

  9) Provisions are made at the host area to permit evacuees to shelter their
     household pet and service animals at specific locations. Attachment 6
     outlines evacuation procedures for household pets and service and large

b. Evacuation Hubs

  1) Due to the large number of individuals that need assistance to evacuate
     during a catastrophic event evacuation, the State will provide various means
     of transportation to local governments. These consist of buses, and possibly
     air assets to evacuate the most medically-challenged individuals.

  2) The TXMF will manage evacuation hubs pre-identified by local governments.

  3) Local governments are responsible for transporting their special needs
     citizens to the pre-identified evacuation hubs in their jurisdictions.

  4) Evacuation hubs will generally establish operations between H-72 and H-48

  5) Individuals requesting transportation assistance will be provided with a
     tracking device when available to ensure positive identification of evacuees
     during evacuation and upon arrival at the shelters. The information obtained
     will be provided to local governments at the evacuation points and to
     organizations that specialize in locating family members, such as the

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      American Red Cross. It will also be provided to sheltering jurisdictions to
      assist in ensuring sufficient shelters are opened to house evacuees.

c. Rapid Response Task Force Operations

  1) If it appears a catastrophic hurricane will impact the Texas Coast, the State
     will pre-stage specialized teams with a capability to rapidly respond and
     provide immediate assistance as soon as it is safe to enter the disaster area.

  2) The State formed four deployable RRTF to provide immediate response and
     assistance. The mission of the teams will be to enter and secure the impact
     area after impact, coordinate search and rescue, support continuity of
     government, initiate immediate mass care, and assess damages to begin
     recovery operations. At the request of area jurisdictions, no later than 60
     hours prior to landfall, teams will establish and implement a preparedness
     and readiness posture by pre-positioning fully mission-capable forces forward
     in the area.

  3) The teams will operate under the Unified Command ICS structure and
     interface with the DDC and local Emergency Management Directors. Forward
     Coordinating Elements (FCE) will deploy to the impact area DDC in advance
     of the teams to coordinate deployment. An essential function of Incident
     Command will be to synchronize the local, state, and federal response.

  4) The task force will consist of one “heavy” team (Task Force Texas) and three
     “light” teams (Dallas, Waco, and Austin). The heavy team will stand up at H-
     96 and stage at the ARCC. The teams will deploy based upon storm impact.
     The heavy team will deploy to the area of greatest impact. The number of
     teams deployed is situational. One may used or all four it there is a need. The
     three light teams will stand up at H-72 and deploy after the storm, as directed.
     All teams are expected to be self-sustaining for 72 hours without re-supply.
     This includes food, water, fuel, and shelter.

  5) Attachment 12 to this plan addresses procedures for team mobilization,
     deployment, the management of operations and demobilization.

d. Disaster Area Re-Entry Operations

  1) After the initial entry of emergency response teams and elimination of major
     health and safety hazards, provisions are made for residents, business
     owners, insurance adjusters, industry repair crews, business suppliers and
     other interested parties to be provided access to disaster areas. A phased
     approach to re-entry is intended to allow emergency resources into disaster
     areas quickly, minimize public exposure to hazardous conditions that often
     prevail in disaster areas, and provide timely entry to affected areas for local
     residents, businesses, and industry when conditions permit.

  2) Disaster re-entry operations are typically ground operations, but may be
     supported by aircraft and/or watercraft where these resources are available
     and appropriate.

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            3) Re-entry operations are generally conducted in the following sequence:

               a) Deploying emergency response forces to gain access to areas impacted
                  by a major hazard.

               b) Setting up access control points, preferably staffed by law enforcement
                  personnel, to limit public access to impacted areas that have significant
                  life safety or public health threats.

               c) Abating the most significant health and safety conditions within impact
                  areas to facilitate reasonably safe movement in such areas by emergency
                  responders, and later, the public.

               d) Allowing controlled re-entry of residents, business owners or operators,
                  repair crews for essential services, and other personnel to assess
                  damage, salvage belongings, and implement expedient repairs to prevent
                  further damage. During this phase of re-entry, curfews may be in effect.
                  Identification may be required to enter the impact area.

               e) Terminating most access restrictions for the general public except in
                  areas with large volumes of debris, uncontained hazardous substances,
                  or biological hazards.

        e. The disaster area phased re-entry plan shall:

            1) Recognize the role of local Emergency Management Directors in making
               decisions regarding the timing and implementation of re-entry plans for a

            2) Provide local Emergency Management Directors with sufficient flexibility to
               adjust the plan as necessary to accommodate the circumstances of a
               particular emergency.

            3) Attachment 13, Disaster Area Re-Entry Operations, provides additional
               information on re-entry operations to include emergency responder
               qualifications and credentials and phases of entry.

            4) In the absence of a local or regional plan, this general guidance may be used
               to establish a local disaster re-entry concept of operations.



     All support groups are identified pursuant to the State of Texas Emergency Management
     Plan. Groups are composed of personnel and resources from several state agencies
     and/or organizations. Each group is directed by a primary agency selected on the basis
     of its authority and capability in a particular functional area. The other agencies and
     organizations within the group are designated as support agencies and organizations
     based on their ability to provide equipment, personnel, and expertise in support of

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  functional tasks. The agencies and/or organizations that comprise hurricane response
  group are listed in Attachment 1.


  1. General

     All agencies and organizations assigned to the hurricane response group are
     responsible for the following tasks:

     a. Designating and training representatives of their agency in accordance with
        applicable NIMS requirements to serve as group members, and ensuring
        appropriate Action Guides and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are
        developed and maintained.

     b. Identifying staff requirements and maintaining current notification procedures to
        ensure appropriate trained agency personnel are available for extended
        emergency duty in the SOC and Disaster District EOCs, the MACC, Joint Field
        Office (JFO), field command posts, traffic control, and monitoring points as

     c. Developing and maintaining procedures to ensure current inventory of agency
        resources and contact lists are available.

     d. Developing and maintaining procedures for identification, location, commitment,
        deployment, and accountability of agency emergency support resources. Major
        resources paid for with Federal Funds should be entered into the Texas Regional
        Resource Network (TRRN), as required, to facilitate assistance pursuant to
        mutual aid agreements. The TRRN complies with the relevant NIMS performance
        and interoperability classification standards.

     e. Providing personnel, equipment, and other assistance in support of response and
        recovery operations as capable.

     f.   Providing assistance and coordination for the development and implementation
          of intrastate and interstate mutual aid.

     g. Providing situational and operational status reports in accordance with existing
        procedures and/or as requested by the primary agency.

  2. Primary Agency

     The primary agency responsible for the coordination of hurricane response
     operations is the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). TDEM is
     responsible for state-level coordination of assets and services. TDEM will accomplish
     the following tasks and situation reports.

     a. Identify and coordinate staffing requirements appropriate to the emergency

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b. Process requests for State assistance by coordinating the development of
   support recommendations by appropriate support agencies and by presenting
   the most feasible recommendations to the designated direction and control
   authority for a possible mission assignment.

c. Collect information from support agencies and provide situation reports as
   required by operational procedures, directives, and as requested by the
   appropriate direction and control authority.

d. Assist groups with actions to develop and implement mutual aid programs and

e. Develop plans and agreements with independent school districts and public
   colleges, universities, and university systems to provide transportation assets
   and facilities to enable the execution of state and local evacuation and mass care
   operations. Develop policies and procedures to reimburse school districts and
   public colleges, universities and university systems for evacuation, mass care, or
   transportation-related expenses.

f.   Within capabilities, coordinate resource needs to assist local governments in
     conducting hurricane response operations.

g. Collect, maintain, and distribute information necessary for the development of
   comprehensive evacuation plans to include areas at risk, population affected, key
   facilities affected, and related consequences of hazards.

h. Ensure deployable Regional Response Teams (RRTs) are available to support
   multi-jurisdictional operations during catastrophic incidents.

i.   Facilitate the maintenance of a statewide database to assist in the evacuation of
     the special needs population.

j.   Coordinate and maintain plans to address evacuation and sheltering needs of
     evacuees with household pets, service animals, and livestock, where practical.

k. Review and implement prioritized fuel distribution procedures during an
   emergency. Maintain procedures to reimburse local governments and other
   support entities for evacuation-related fuel costs.

l.   Partner with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to ensure utility companies
     regulated by the PUC and serving counties in the hurricane zones distribute
     public awareness information during the hurricane season.

m. Maintain contingency contracts and MOUs with private sector partners to assist
   with evacuation and sheltering operations.

n. Oversee the implementation of regional response and evacuation plans
   throughout the state. Encourage local jurisdictions and MACCs to review
   evacuation plans maintained by special needs facilities.

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   o. Provide planning assistance, sample planning documents, staff visits, and state
      standards for evacuation and mass care planning.

   p. Conduct and/or facilitate emergency management training and annual exercises
      to enhance evacuation operations.

   q. Develop, maintain, and distribute this plan.

3. Support Agencies/Organizations

   All tasked hurricane response agency representatives must be aware of the
   capabilities of their parent organizations to provide assistance and support and be
   prepared to provide recommendations to primary agency representatives. Agency
   representatives must respond to mission assignments from the designated
   coordination and control authority for deployment and commit agency assets to
   support the response and recovery effort. Some agencies will provide agency
   personnel and/or equipment, while support from other agencies will be knowledge
   and expertise in working with response agencies, the vendor community, or
   commercial organizations or associations in supplying services, or in restoration of
   disrupted services.

   a. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

      1) Identify and coordinate evacuation staffing requirements appropriate to the
         emergency situation.

      2) Process requests for State evacuation assistance by coordinating the
         development of support recommendations by appropriate support agencies
         and by presenting the most feasible recommendations to the designated
         direction and control authority for a possible mission assignment.

      3) Assume responsibility for command, control, and communications, as well as
         other operational tasks as directed by the Governor, during evacuations and
         other disaster response operations involving multiple MACCs.

      4) Provide each MACC a senior-level commissioned officer with appropriate
         staff to represent the State as each MACC prepares for and responds to a
         catastrophic event within the region.

      5) Assume traffic management authority over designated evacuation routes
         during multi-jurisdictional evacuations.

      6) Coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security and the United States
         Customs and Border Protection to expedite the flow of traffic through
         checkpoints on major hurricane evacuation routes. Assist in developing traffic
         management plans to accommodate increased volume at checkpoints during

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   7)   Collect information from support agencies and provide situation reports as
        required by operational procedures, DPS directives, and as requested by the
        appropriate direction and control authority.

   8)   Develop and maintain comprehensive area-wide/statewide traffic
        management plans to support large-scale inter-jurisdictional evacuations.

   9)   Coordinate resource needs to assist local governments in conducting
        hurricane evacuation and mass care.

   10) Once evacuation operations are implemented, ensure other appropriate
       jurisdictions are aware of the operations in progress.

   11) Provide for the safe and expeditious flow of traffic out of the threatened
       areas and through adjacent jurisdictions.

   12) Monitor the status of all evacuations within the appropriate Disaster
       District(s) and report the status of movements and problems affecting
       expedited traffic flow.

   13) Take immediate actions as needed to ensure continued, expeditious traffic
       movements out of areas of risk, to include emergency rerouting of
       evacuating vehicles.

   14) Provide operational status reports on the evacuation traffic flow to the SOC,
       through their DDC.

   15) Develop, maintain, and distribute appropriate SOPs and the Evacuation
       Action Guide.

b. Public Works Response Team

   1) The PWRT is deployed by the State Operations Center (SOC) under the
      direction of the Assistant Director, Texas Division of Emergency Management
      (TDEM), as required to support local jurisdictions in the event of a
      catastrophic incident.

   2) The team’s response effort is organized and functions in accordance with the
      National Incident Management System (NIMS). This PWRT is designed to
      support local jurisdictions in their initial response and recovery efforts at three
      levels, planning, operational and liaison support.

c. The Salvation Army (TSA)

   1) Serve as a member agency of the Disaster District Committees (DDCs) and
      the State Emergency Management Council. Perform as a liaison with the
      Voluntary agencies and sub-state Voluntary agencies, the American Red
      Cross, state agencies and departments, and other recognized voluntary

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   2) Coordinate team member actions appropriate to the disaster situation.

   3) Assist in locating a source for, procuring, transporting, storing, preparing, and
      distributing emergency food, water and ice supplies.

   4) Provide services in the following areas:

      a)   On-site assistance to disaster workers and victims.

      b)   Spiritual ministry.

      c)   Pastoral counseling.

      d)   Individual and mass feeding.

      e)   Burial assistance.

      f)   Provision of and operation of emergency shelter facilities.

      g)   Assist in the registration and identification of victims and emergency

      h)   Assist in administration and supervision of disaster relief operations.

      i)   Establish Resource Staging Areas for provisions of basic needs supplies
           such as food, water, clothing, etc.

d. American Red Cross (ARC)

   1) Conduct shelter and mass care operations.

   2) Provide welfare inquiry services.

   3) Provide first aid at feeding sites and shelters, as appropriate.

   4) Assist in locating a source to procure, transport, store, prepare, and distribute
      emergency food, water, and ice supplies.

   5) Provide mobile and fixed feeding capabilities, as appropriate.

   6) Station as needed to distribute mass care supplies.

   7) Provide advocacy and referral services for individual clients and families.

   8) Provide staffing to local and State Emergency Operations Centers.

e. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

   1) Coordinate and process fuel waiver requests (EPA, DOE, and Fuel
      Coordination Team).

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     2) Coordinate hazardous material emergency response along evacuation

     3) Assess and provide technical assistance to water and wastewater

     4) Contact refineries in hurricane evacuation zones to make inquiries regarding

f.   Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)

     Upon federal authorization, provide USDA commodities to assist local
     governments and voluntary agencies in emergency mass feeding operations
     through the Food and Nutrition Program. Coordinate with other animal-agriculture
     agencies and stakeholders to support a response involving animals.

g. Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

     1) Maintain hurricane evacuation plans for all state correctional facilities in the
        evacuation zones and, when warranted, ensure inmates are appropriately
        evacuated to safe facilities in accordance with applicable laws, TDCJ
        directives, and operational procedures.

     2) Provide available TDCJ personnel and their trustees as manpower and
        provide equipment to assist in the provision, transportation, storage, and
        distribution of food, water, and/or ice supplies.

     3) Within capabilities, conduct emergency feeding operations, if requested. This
        provision is contingent on the Agency’s mission requirements.

h. Texas Office of the Attorney General

     1) The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) monitors, deals with complaints on,
        fly-by-night door-to-door contractors, and bogus charities during hurricane or
        other catastrophic events.

     2) Some businesses raise their prices excessively on essential goods and
        services like drinking water, ice, groceries, fuel, towing, and car and home
        repairs. Charging excessive prices for necessities in an officially recognized
        disaster area can constitute price gouging. Under the Texas Deceptive Trade
        Practices Act, price gouging is illegal, and the Office of the Attorney General
        has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a
        disaster has been declared by the governor. The attorney general has issued
        stern warnings about price gouging to businesses in times of disaster.

     3) After natural disasters, door-to-door salespeople flock to some
        neighborhoods offering clean up and repair services. While many of these
        people are honest and reputable, some are not. The OAG will provide
        guidance to those individuals who may face these door-to-door contractors.

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     4) In the wake of a natural disaster the OAG will provide guidance and
        information or charitable donation scams.

i.   Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

     1) Coordinate public health issues relating to safety of drinking water and food,
        and the disposal of contaminated or unsafe products.

     2) Assist in developing and maintaining criteria for medical special needs facility
        evacuation plans, to include both licensed and unlicensed facilities as well as
        correctional facilities.

     3) Assist in developing and maintaining this plan as it relates to persons with
        medical special needs.

     4) Identify medical special needs categories, categorizing the requirements of
        persons with medical special needs and establishing minimum health-related
        standards for short-term and long-term shelters. This includes but is not
        limited to the inclusion of those special needs individuals who need

j.   Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)

     1) Assist in the identification of nursing home facilities and persons with special

     2) Assist in developing, maintaining, and implementing plans to address the
        evacuation and sheltering needs of individuals with special needs.

k. Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

     Assist in developing, maintaining, and implementing plans to address the
     evacuation and sheltering needs of individuals with special needs.

l.   Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

     Assist in developing, maintaining, and implementing plans to address the
     evacuation and sheltering needs of individuals with special needs.

m. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

     1) Assist in developing, maintaining, and coordinating the implementation of
        local plans to address the evacuation, transportation and sheltering needs of
        individuals with household pets and large animals.

     2) Assist in developing and maintaining this plan as it relates to persons with
        special needs traveling with animals.

n. Texas Education Agency (TEA)

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   1) Assist in acquiring school facilities and associated personnel to assist in
      operating shelters and feeding people in the shelters.

   2) Work with independent school districts to provide school buses to assist in
      the evacuation of persons requiring transportation.

o. Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

   1) Serve as the primary agency for search and rescue; responsible for State-
      level coordination of assets and services.

   2) Identify and coordinate staffing requirements appropriate to the emergency

   3) Process requests for State Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance by
      coordinating the development of support recommendations by appropriate
      support agencies and by presenting most feasible recommendations to
      designated coordination and control authority for possible mission

   4) Coordinate and maintain Texas Task Force 1 (TTF-1) for search and rescue

   5) Maintain appropriate staffing to coordinate and assist local government, DDC,
      the State Emergency Management Council, and State agencies, as

   6) Coordinate the deployment and operation of other State agencies and
      regional rescue teams involved in SAR to assist local governments.

   7) Coordinate the deployment and operation of canine specialty resources to
      assist local governments. This may include SAR and/or Human Remains
      (HR) detection dogs.

   8) Implement joint air/ground coordination for SAR operations.

p. National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC)

   1) Assist in the administration of the Rapid Response Task Forces (RRTF)
      operations including but not limited to training and exercises.

   2) Provide Staging Teams capable of staging up to four RRTFs simultaneously.

   3) Provide trained staff for the Texas State Operations Center (Forward) and
      develop an SOP governing SOC (Fwd) operations."

q. Texas Military Forces (TXMF)

   4) Develop plans and procedures for establishing and operating evacuation
      hubs for transporting individuals needing assistance in evacuating.

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     5) Provide military support as requested by the SOC.

r.   Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

     Provide parking and lodging in state parks and on state lands for disaster victims
     and their vehicles, as appropriate.

s. Texas State Animal Response Team (ART)

     This team is a partnership group of state agencies, the Texas Animal Health
     Commission (TAHC), Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Department
     of Transportation (TxDOT), and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
     (TCEQ), Texas AgriLife Extension Service (ALEXT), and Texas A&M University’s
     College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), along with industry stakeholder
     organizations and the Texas State Animal Resource Team (TXSART), all
     working together in an incident management team (IMT) setting response to
     emergency incidents involving animals. The primary animal agriculture-related
     organizations will handle the large animal/livestock challenges, while TXSART
     will be assigned to handle household pet/companion animal issues and TAMU-
     CVM will provide veterinary support to both.

t.   Texas AgriLife Extension Service

     1) Provides public information and educational resources, visual learning
        resources and promotes mitigation practices addressing.

     2) All hazards disaster preparedness and recovery education for individuals,
        and families in both urban and rural communities.

     3) Reduction of the impact associated with disaster by disseminating
        educational resources related to disaster mitigation, preparedness and

     4) Wildfire prevention for landowners, residents, businesses and county
        governments across rural and urban-rural wildlands of Texas.

     5) All-hazards public health, evacuation and shelter in place preparedness
        educational resources for individuals, families, communities, businesses and
        county governments.
     6) Food-related disasters that affect landowners, farmers, ranchers,
        manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers or consumers.

     7) Agricultural disaster losses and damage assessment supporting county
        government and U.S.D.A.

   8) Crop production systems, range management, risk management, and urban
      landscape and water use management during drought.
u. Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

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   1) Coordinate Food and Water activities within the SOC and at the Disaster
      District EOCs.

   2) 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network (TIRN) seated at the SOC will
      coordinate dissemination of disaster-related public Information to the 2-1-1
      Area Information Centers in order to provide an information and assistance
      conduit for the public.

      a) Provide disaster-related Information and Referral for all phases of the

      b) Register callers in the State Transportation Assistance Registry. TIRN
         representative at the SOC will monitor activity of Transportation
         Assistance Registry and provide reports as scheduled or requested.

      c) Receive and document escalations from 2-1-1 Area Information Centers.
         Forward excess calls to appropriate State agencies or non-governmental
         organizations. Escalation include, but are not limited to, shelters needs,
         medical concerns, transportation issues, lack of fuel, lack of essentials
         items such as food, water, and ice, the presence or lack of shelter space,
         spontaneous shelters and other pertinent concerns.

      d) Assist in locating additional information and referral resources to support
         caller needs.

      e) Provide SOC Emergency Management Council members with information
         and reports as requested, examples include but are not limited to,
         reporting spontaneous shelter information to mass care and reception
         center information to TxDOT for dissemination at comfort stations.

        1) Help disaster victims and/or shelter population in understanding what
           recovery programs may be available to them and assist in the
           application process.

        2) Coordinate and assist in the identification and provision of appropriate
           services to individuals with special needs.

        3) Assist individuals to register in the State Transportation Assistance

        4) Coordinate the disaster implementation of needs-based programs
           including the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP),
           formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

v. Texas Health Care Association

   Assist the State Emergency Management Council in identifying private facilities
   which care for clients with special needs and help resolve impediments to their
   safe and expedient evacuation during hurricane operations.

w. Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

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   1) Serves as the lead agency to provide communications to TDEM under the
      State Emergency Plan.

   2) Provides statewide leadership and oversight for management of government
      information and communications technology.

   3) Leverages the 2-1-1 information and referral system to provide hazard and
      emergency information to the public.

   4) Provides additional bandwidth on the TEX-AN IPSG communications network
      as necessary to support increased 2-1-1 traffic in an emergency event.

   5) Provides GIS and IT technical support to the Texas Division of Emergency
      Management TxMap Project, as requested.

   6) Maintains contact with affected state agency to determine the need to store
      back-up tapes in a secure location or to back-up agency data to one of the
      State Data Centers.

   7) Facilitates emergency procurement and delivery of technological resources.

   8) TexasOnline provides the public with coordinated, up-to-date, pre- and post-
      landfall information to facilitate disaster mitigation and recovery through its
      Emergency Preparedness Portal.

x. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

   1) Conduct traffic analysis and/or other studies to identify most appropriate
      highways meet evacuation requirements.

   2) Implement short and long-term solutions to reduce congestion on evacuation
      highway routes. Prioritize infrastructure projects that address obstructions on
      evacuation routes.

   3) Coordinate with DPS to develop and maintain contraflow plans for major
      hurricane evacuation routes as identified by the Task Force on Evacuation,
      Transportation, and Logistics.

   4) Support the fuel operations function in the SOC as it coordinates the
      distribution of fuel prior to and during operations.

   5) Partner with the Fuel Coordination Team (Texas Oil and Gas Association and
      other fuel industry representatives) in the release of public service
      announcements, to encourage filling of fuel tanks and thus promote fuel
      availability during evacuations.

   6) Assist TDEM in establishing emergency fuel distribution priorities.

   7) In accordance with the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, install
      hurricane evacuation route signage along highways that are hurricane

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      evacuation routes.

   8) Provide information on the availability of highways for evacuation operations.

   9) Monitor traffic conditions by using detectors, cameras, and personnel
      observations, where available.

   10) Install temporary barricades, traffic cones, and other traffic control devices to
       assist law enforcement in effective traffic flow management on state highway

   11) Perform emergency highway repairs, as appropriate and as conditions
       permit, to allow evacuation routes to remain open as long as weather
       conditions permit.

   12) Respond, as capable, to resolve immediate traffic road hazard problems
       along evacuation routes.

   13) Keep evacuation routes open for as long as prudent to ensure evacuees can
       exit the evacuation zones safely.

   14) Assign locations for comfort stations along major evacuation routes and
       assist in their set up and operation.

   15) Assist local governments in coordinating with municipal transportation
       agencies to determine the availability of public transportation in emergency
       evacuation operations.

y. Texas Forest Service (TFS)

   1) Provide Incident Management Teams (IMT) that can be deployed as needed
      to either manage or assist in the management of emergency response
      operations. The IMT can operate from any direction and control facility, but
      are particularly effective in situations that require field deployment of

   2) Provide Planning Support for DDCs.

   3) Provide management of RSA, CSA and POD operations.

z. Voluntary Agencies

   1) Assist with public service functions such as mass care operations, donations
      management, and food and water-related issues.

   2) Assist in locating, procuring, transporting, storing, preparing, and distributing
      emergency food, water, and ice supplies.

aa. Texas Procurement & Support Services (TPASS)

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   1) Secure vendors for certain commodities and services to meet expected
      requirements along with anticipated demand.

    2) TPASS establishes statewide contracts for bus transportation services, bus
       staging site management and coordination services, helicopters, forklifts,
       pallet jacks, generators, base camp support services, portable restrooms,
       showers, portable lighting units, delivery services (dry van and refrigerated
       trailers) and fuel transportation/distribution services to be administered by
       TPASS staff during emergencies in conjunction with the State Operations
       Center (SOC).
bb. Public Utility Commission (PUC)

   1) During preparations for a hurricane disaster, alert all major
      telecommunications and electric utilities along the coast and initiate a review
      of emergency plans, inventories, and preparations for an approaching

   2) Issue waivers for certain service area certificate requirements to permit
      emergency work activities.

   3) Ensure utility companies regulated by the Commission and serving counties
      in the hurricane evacuation zones include hurricane preparedness and
      evacuation-related public awareness information in monthly billing statements
      prior to and during the hurricane season.

cc. Private Sector Partners

   1) Include non-governmental organizational representatives, or businesses that
      have a direct role in supporting the state response through mutual
      agreements, contracts, or under a fee for service arrangement.

   2) These include the fuel industry, public utilities, food chains, banking industry,
      beverage and ice companies, privately owned critical infrastructure/key
      resources, and other private-sector entities that are significant to local,
      regional, and national economic recovery from the incident.

   3) Private sector organizations play a key role before, during, and after an

   4) State and local emergency managers work with businesses to provide water,
      power, communication networks, fuel, transportation, medical care, security,
      and numerous other services upon which both response and recovery are
      particularly dependent.

dd. Fuel Coordination Team

   1) Positioned in the State Operations Center during activations for a hurricane
      or other catastrophic disaster, the Fuel Coordination Team coordinates the
      fuel distribution and delivery necessary for evacuation purposes.

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            2) Team members include representatives from the Texas Oil and Gas
               Association, the Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store
               Association, supply terminals, distributors, and retailers.

            3) The team also assists the state in recovering the fuel network as quickly as
               possible post-storm or emergency event.

        ee. United Way of Texas

            1) Serves as an information link between the State, state-level agencies, local
               United Way and community partners in impacted areas.

            2) Provides regular updates to local United Way, community partners and the
               public via email, website, and/or other methods regarding the status of the
               preparation/response/recovery efforts in the impacted areas.

            3) Monitors material needs of local United Way and their community partners,
               and provides updates to the state and other responding organizations as

            4) Collects information regarding any volunteer needs/opportunities for local
               United Way and their community partners and communicates those needs to
               the appropriate parties.

            5) Serves as a convening facilitator of statewide organizations, entities,
               individuals, stakeholders and others involved in the general area of crisis
               response and recovery on an as-needed and supportive basis as determined
               by UWT.

            6) Serves in a leadership capacity on crisis response public policy endeavors
               and initiatives with national, state and locally-elected officials throughout



     1. Coordination and control of emergency response and recovery operations in Texas
        will be exercised in accordance with Section V.B, and VI of the State of Texas
        Emergency Management Plan, and in accordance with the National Incident
        Management System (NIMS) and relevant National Response Framework (NRF)

     2. A DPS/Texas Highway Patrol Division (THP) staff member will serve as the primary
        agency representative and will coordinate all evacuation activities within the SOC,
        DDC EOCs; and, as requested, within a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC).

     3. A TSA staff member will serve as the primary agency representative and coordinate
        Mass Care activities within the SOC.

     4. A HHSC staff member will serve as the primary agency representative and

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         coordinate Food and Water activities within the SOC and at the DDC EOCs, as well
         as coordinate the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A
         representative from the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network will be present
         in the SOC and provide data on 2-1-1 Texas operations.


     The Emergency Management Directors (County Judges and Mayors) within each of the
     State’s 24 Councils of Government (COG) have established a MACS to support regional

     1. Each Regional MAC will be responsible for preparing for and responding to
        catastrophic events within the region.

     2. When practical, the MACS will attempt to meet resource requests within the region
        prior to submission to the DDC.


   See State of Texas Emergency Management Plan, Section VII, for a list of the different
   response levels and the kinds of activities that characterize each level. Appendix 2 to
   Annex N (Direction and Control), maintained by TDEM, addresses all hazards, functions,
   agencies, and response levels. Attachment 2 to this Plan contains a supplemental Action
   Guide which outlines additional actions the group members should take at each emergency
   response level to ensure the group is prepared to respond and support emergency
   response operations.



     Lines of succession for personnel with emergency management responsibilities will be in
     accordance with existing policies and emergency management standard operating
     procedures (SOPs) of each agency/organization.


     Primary and support agencies will ensure their respective personnel are trained in
     accordance with NIMS guidelines and prepared to operate in the event regular agency
     members are absent. They will identify alternate or backup personnel, ensure these
     individuals understand the lines of succession, pre-delegated authorities, and task
     responsibilities of their individual agencies, and ensure appropriate Action Guides
     contain sufficient detail so alternate and/or backup personnel can use them in
     performing their responsibilities.


     Primary and support agencies will ensure all records necessary for emergency
     management operations are obtainable from each member agency in an emergency,

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     and, as required, the records are duplicated at an alternate location in the event the
     primary records are destroyed.



     Requests for emergency assistance will be resolved at the lowest level direction and
     control facility with appropriate resource response capabilities. Requests for assistance
     normally flow upward from cities to the county, and if unresolved at the county level,
     continue upward to the responsible DDC. If the DDC is unable to accommodate the
     request, it is then forwarded to the SOC and, if needed, to other states or the federal


     All agreements and understandings entered into for the purchase, lease, or use of
     equipment and services will be in accordance with the provisions of state law and
     procedures. The Proclamation of a State of Disaster issued by the Governor may
     suspend select rules and regulations affecting support operations. The specific impact of
     the situation will be determined by the nature of the emergency. Group members will be
     advised of any administrative and/or procedural changes impacting emergency
     operation procedures.


     The primary agency will maintain the current status of all outstanding assistance
     requests and unresolved issues. This information will be summarized into periodic status
     reports and submitted in accordance with applicable operating procedures.


     1. Each state agency is responsible for establishing administrative controls necessary
        to manage the expenditure of funds and provide reasonable accountability and
        justification for federal reimbursement in accordance with the established guidelines.

     2. The first source of expenditures by state agencies in response to an emergency,
        imminent disaster, or recovery from a catastrophic incident should originate from
        funds regularly appropriated by the Legislature.

     3. In accordance with established procedures, state agencies may seek financial
        assistance from Disaster Contingency Funds.


     1. Following the conclusion of any significant emergency event/incident or exercise, the
        Primary Agency representatives will conduct a critique of the group’s activities during
        the event/incident or exercise. Support agencies will provide written and/or oral
        inputs for this critique and the Primary Agency representative will consolidate all
        inputs into a final written report.

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     2. Post Disaster Evaluation. Chapter 418, Government Code, requires State agencies,
        political subdivisions, and inter-jurisdictional agencies to conduct an evaluation of
        their response to a disaster, identify areas of improvement, and issue a report of the
        evaluation to TDEM no later than 90 days after TDEM makes the request.



     1. The Texas Division of Emergency Management has the overall responsibility for
        emergency planning and coordination of state resources in the conduct of hurricane
        response operations.

     2. Each tasked member agency of the State Emergency Management Council is
        responsible for the development and maintenance of appropriate planning
        documents to address responsibilities assigned in this plan, to include standard
        operating procedures.

     3. The Assistant Director of TDEM will ensure appropriate distribution of the Plan and
        any changes thereto.


     1. The Assistant Director, TDEM will authorize and issue changes to this plan until such
        time as the plan is superseded.

     2. TDEM will maintain and update this plan, as required. Council member
        representatives may recommend changes and will provide information concerning
        capability changes which impact their emergency management responsibilities.

     3. Tasked State Emergency Management Council agencies are responsible for
        participating in the annual review of the plan. The Assistant Director, TDEM will
        coordinate all review and revision efforts, and ensure the plan is updated as
        necessary, based on lessons learned during actual hurricane events and exercises,
        and other changes in organization, technology and/or capabilities.

     4. Council members have the responsibility for maintaining annexes, standard
        operating procedures, notification lists and resource data to ensure prompt and
        effective response to hurricane emergencies. Agency resource data must be
        accessible to agency representatives at the SOC and at each affected Disaster
        District EOC to facilitate the capability of each agency to support its emergency
        management responsibilities. Council member agencies are also required to conduct
        and/or participate in training activities designed to enhance their ability to accomplish
        their responsibilities as assigned by this plan.

     5. This plan shall be exercised at least annually in the form of a simulated emergency in
        order to provide practical, controlled, and operational experience to those who have
        SOC responsibilities. This requirement is applicable to the SOC and each Disaster
        District EOC.

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6. All hurricane-related exercises will be designed to best evaluate the effectiveness of
   this plan and its associated procedures. The TDEM Assistant Director will coordinate
   exercises. The Council member agency having primary responsibility for hurricane
   evacuation, mass care and food and water tasks, in consultation with support
   agencies, will develop, conduct and evaluate operational exercises of this plan.

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