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AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott’s Commission to Rebuild Texas has offered to the Texas Legislature absolute recommendations to advice Texas bigger adapt for approaching adverse storms in the deathwatch of Hurricane Harvey.
“The confusion acquired by Hurricane Harvey adapted a Texas-sized response, and I am abundantly appreciative of how the bodies of Texas came calm to acknowledge to this claiming alike as rebuilding continues to this day,” said Gov. Abbott. “Once again, Texans accept apparent that no force of attributes is added able than the Texas spirit. I acknowledge Texas A&M University Arrangement Adjudicator John Sharp, who served as chairman, as able-bodied as Chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and all associates of the Commission to Rebuild Texas for their invaluable leadership. As this abundant and forward-thinking address shows, Texas continues to be a baton in adversity response. And by alive calm to apparatus the Commission’s recommendations, we will ensure Texas is bigger able to acknowledge to and abate amercement from approaching accustomed disasters.”
Sharp said, “Texas enjoys the best accomplishment operation in the nation because our aboriginal responders alternation year-round.
“It is important we amusement adversity accretion with the aforementioned commitment, and that we alternation and adapt our bounded and accompaniment admiral to accord with the bewilderment of accretion issues. The abutting accustomed adversity is a catechism of when, not if.”
Among the recommendations in the 178-page report, “Eye of the Storm,” based on acquaint abstruse during the acknowledgment to Hurricane Harvey, the Accompaniment of Texas should:
• Anatomy an advancing accretion assignment force fabricated up of canton addendum agents as able-bodied as agents from adapted accompaniment agencies and nonprofit organizations
• Predesignate a accumulation of experts accessible to accumulate anon for all-embracing disasters to advice acknowledgment and aboriginal accretion efforts action added efficiently
• Maintain a single, well-publicized Accompaniment website for post-disaster advice as able-bodied as investigate bigger use of 911, amusing media and adaptable apps to acquaint with the accessible and bounded officials
• Develop adverse bits administration procedures, auspicious bounded jurisdictions to accept bits administration affairs as able-bodied as establishing a application arrangement to assure adjoin arrant contractors
• Expand the role of the Texas Department of Transportation in bits removal, a aboriginal during Harvey recovery, afterwards approaching adverse storms
• Create a case administration affairs at the accompaniment akin to alter the federal adaptation to acceleration up the acknowledgment to alone needs.
The Commission additionally recommends the Texas Division of Emergency Administration be chip into the all-encompassing emergency administration functions currently performed by The Texas A&M University Arrangement to advance the training of bounded admiral in adversity assistance, emergency administration training, acknowledgment and accommodation planning, and emergency response.
Following this recommendation, the Governor appear the Texas Division of Emergency Management, beneath the administration of Chief Kidd, will now accomplish aural The Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M Arrangement and the Texas Department of Accessible Safety accept active a announcement of understanding. Chief Kidd will abide to arch the Texas Division of Emergency Administration as a carnality adjudicator of the A&M System.
Other recommendations offered in the address will crave the cooperation of Congress and the federal government, including the conception of a distinct assimilation anatomy and an automatic assimilation arrangement so adversity survivors do not accept to ample out so abounding applications for services.
The Governor’s Commission additionally looked at the charge to future-proof the state’s infrastructure. The address recommended prioritizing added than 4,000 abeyant projects and establishing a abstraction board to appraise and adduce options for a state-local affiliation to advice future-proof Texas adjoin flood contest on a watershed basis.