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Office of Emergency Management

EMAT Recognizes the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management with Excellence in Emergency Management Award

Emergency Management Association of Texas presents award at EMAT Symposium in February

Posted April 2, 2013 10:01:10 PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Doug Barnes receiving the award on behalf of FBC OEMRichmond, Texas — The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management recently received the Excellence in Emergency Management award from EMAT, the Emergency Management Association of Texas. The achievement was celebrated at a special ceremony on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, where Senior Planning Coordinator Doug Barnes (pictured, at right) accepted the award on behalf of the office as part of the sixth Annual EMAT Symposium in San Marcos, Texas.

"EMAT has a proud tradition of recognizing its members for their contributions in the Emergency Management Community," says Sharon Nalls, EMAT President. "Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management really stood out to us, and is extremely deserving of this award. It’s our pleasure to give them this award, and a greater honor to serve alongside them."

The Excellence in Emergency Management award recognizes outstanding state and local emergency management projects, activities and campaigns that further the goals of saving lives and protecting property by mitigating, preparing for, responding to, or recovering from disasters and emergencies in Texas. 

Jeff Braun, the County's Emergency Management Coordinator, initiated the Office of Emergency Management's Internet and Network Redundancy project, which qualified the office for this honor.  Jeff Braun and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management partnered with Ray Webb and Charles King of the FBC Information Technology Department to implement a system to prevent loss of connectivity to Fort Bend County's Emergency Operations Center in the event of a major emergency. 

"We have been focusing on doing the right thing here since I started with the County in 2003." remarked Braun, "It's nice to get recognition for our efforts, but we're just glad to be here doing the right thing and serving the residents of Fort Bend County to the best of our abilities." This project will ensure that the Office of Emergency Management is able to maintain the Emergency Operations Center, even if traditional telephone cabling falters or if regional Internet connectivity is lost.

Jeff Braun has been recognized multiple times for his accomplishments and contributions to the county's Emergency Management capabilities. Other accolades include the 2006 Emergency Manager of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Texas because of his efforts to build programs that increase crisis preparedness in all eighteen jurisdictions within the county.  In 2008, Braun received accreditation's as a Certified Emergency Manger by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Braun’s successes in the last year also includes the National Weather Service’s designation of Fort Bend County as a Storm Ready county. In February of this year he was recognized as a finalist for the University of Houston’s prestigious "Public Official of the Year" award.

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 600,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

The Emergency Management Association of Texas is dedicated to the advancement of the field of emergency management both statewide and nationally. To that end, EMAT engages in an array of efforts to advance a statewide emergency management agenda and to promote the professional growth of the emergency management practitioner. The management decisions made by EMAT’s [number of members] members affect over 26 million individuals living in thousands of communities across Texas.

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