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Richmond, TX 77469
Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Fort Bend County Recognizes Local Municipal Utility Districts for Emergency Readiness

Posted August 8, 2014 5:07:19 PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RICHMOND, TX - County Judge Bob Hebert, in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, would like to recognize Environmental Development Partners, Municipal District Services, Municipal Operations and Consulting, Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #25, Quail Valley Utility District, Si Environmental and Severn Trent Services for participating in a voluntary National Incident Management System (NIMS) Program that he initiated in 2009. The National Incident Management System is a systematic approach for all agencies to manage incidents, no matter what type, in a uniform way. In 2014, each company completed the requirements of the program and is hereby recognized as “NIMS Competent First Responders.”

Those recognized have earned the distinction by taking actions to become an integral part of the County’s emergency management network. The MUD Readiness program involves a series of actions to be taken to make these operating companies more prepared for Hurricane Season, improve communications with emergency management staff at the County level, and truly begin to make the County’s water districts responsible for emergency management activities. County Judge Bob Hebert stated, “The program assures that participating operating companies are fully informed on the workings of NIMS and the role of the county in supporting all first responders during a declared emergency. The idea is to ensure improved communications between emergency management personnel and utility operators and to include utility district representation in the County EOC in all future activities.”

A condition of the program required employees from each utility operating company complete four NIMS on-line training courses (IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800). Additionally, multiple employees have attended training sessions at the Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). During these sessions, attendees learned key definitions, the difference between crisis management and consequence management, the emergency response realities for municipal utility districts, the purpose and objectives of the County EOC, communication between the EOC and the operating companies, and the framework for the State of Texas Emergency Management Plan.

Jeff Braun, the County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, notes that “OEM staff is committed to expanding the readiness program and he is hopeful that additional companies will take advantage of the training offered in the voluntary program.” Overall, the program is intended to ensure a more coordinated and effective response to water emergencies that may occur in the future in Fort Bend County.

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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.fortbendcountytx.gov.

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.

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