From music festivals to cycling tours to boat and car races, the CAPCOG region is home to numerous popular and massively attended events which can be challenging if a bomb threat occurs. CAPCOG is offering training in May at the San Marcos ALERRT Training Facility to better prepare local, regional and statewide bomb squads for responding to large scale events requiring explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).
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Williamson County will bring multiple generations together for a special event that honors and celebrates Older Americans Month, an annual observance throughout May that offers all residents the opportunity to learn about, support and recognize our nation’s older citizens. Family Fun Day will feature intergenerational hands-on activities for all at the historic Williamson County Courthouse from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 22.
The CAPCOG Executive Committee approved the ranking of 43 Homeland Security grant projects and purchases in March; the projects are now awaiting a final review from the Office of the Governor before the top priority projects are awarded State Homeland Security Program grant funds.
San Marcos Police Department will lead the region in testing Text to 9-1-1 systems in mid-April, and public safety answering points (PSAPs), or 9-1-1 call centers, throughout Hays, Travis and Williamson counties will continue the first phase of testing through April.
Emergency services teams and their command staff successful mitigated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive incidents during three-days of homeland security training exercises that tested numerous agencies throughout the region stated third-party reports. But the reports also denoted areas where more training and equipment could further improve regional response to such incidents.
An emergency telecommunicator career and technical education program at Austin Independent School District’s Akins High School is prepping students for a future in public safety communications, but it is also helping fulfill a need in the emergency response industry. The program has partnered with the Combined Transportation and Emergency Communications Center (CTECC) agencies — Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin Fire Department, Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff’s Office — to give students real-life experience in the field, and this year, CAPCOG joined in educating the students.
The Capital Area Council of Governments Geographic Information Systems Planning Council meets quarterly to discuss and promote the use of GIS throughout the region.
Hear about issues affecting older adults in the 10-county capital area during this quarterly meeting, which also will include committee updates and staff reports.
The Capital Area Emergency Communications District's Strategic Advisory Committee will meet to assist in planning and reviewing policies and infrastructure for operating emergency communications.
The Capital Area Council of Governments' Homeland Security Task Force, which meets the first Thursday of every month, will meet to discuss regional Homeland Security initiatives.
The Austin-Travis County Wildfire Coalition will conduct a workshop about wildfires for those who work in fields related to wildfire issues — arborists, land managers, fire professionals, local officials, emergency management, natural resource protection, park management, forestry, and etc. The course will cover a wide range of wildfire topics.
The Austin-Travis County Wildfire Coalition will lead a public symposium discusssing topics such as understanding your wildfire risk and what you need to know about wildfire and insurance.