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Homeland security plans emergency management training for region

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Homeland security and emergency management training coordinated by CAPCOG during the 2018 fiscal year builds on prior disasters that have affected the region, but it also looks to prepare the region for incidents yet to happen such as complex coordinated attacks, terrorist attacks and cybersecurity threats. More than seven courses are planned for the year with one having already taken place in November.

“CAPCOG is coordinating training workshops to help plan and mitigate hazards targeted in its homeland security strategic framework— wildland fires, flooding, cyber threats, terrorism, mass violence and riots, infrastructure loss, infectious disease and pandemics, and hazardous material incidents,” said Eric Carter, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “It’s important to continue to study, learn and practice in emergency management, so current best practices tested throughout the world can be enacted instinctively here.”

Upcoming courses include an All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters workshop in February and an Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals in March. In several wildfire and flooding incidents across Central Texas, rescuing and handling animals has played a big factor in disaster response. The course helps emergency management personnel create strategies to not only care for and rescue animals, such as livestock, but also prevent animals from becoming a public health risk during a disaster while protecting people’s property. Specials events are abundant throughout Central Texas and include activities, such as downtown holiday strolls and massively attended cycling competitions. The Event Security Planning workshop focuses on educating smaller and more rural communities’ public safety officials to recognize and plan adequate strategies and security measures to prevent and mitigate incidents that may occur during such events.

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A Tornado Awareness workshop kicked off homeland security training for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Twenty attendees representing entities throughout the region learned about tornado science, weather forecasting, and the tornado warning process while learning how to better implement safety measures.

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