Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Releases Annual Report: Emergency Operations Center Activated 24 Times in 2017
(Houston, Texas) - The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has released its 2017 Annual Report. The report summarizes HCOHSEM’s challenges, operations and key accomplishments.
In 2017, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center was activated a total of 24 times to monitor major events including Super Bowl 51 and the World Series, and to coordinate response efforts during Hurricane Harvey.
“We had a very busy 2017, an exciting year for sports fans, but a devastating one for communities that have flooded repeatedly in the last years,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “As we recover from these disasters, the county will continue to work to mitigate flood risks and other hazards.”
HCOHSEM has worked diligently with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Texas to help impacted residents register for assistance. Following Hurricane Harvey, HCOHSEM also organized and hosted numerous recovery fairs to help families sign up for basic needs, including housing, health and legal services.
“Strong partnerships and active collaborations are essential to improve the county’s ability to respond and recover from disasters of all types,” added Emmett. “Lessons learned from every event help us incorporate improvements that prepare us to better serve our communities.”
Last year, the Regional Joint Information Center (JIC) marked its 10th anniversary. The JIC was fully activated for 25 days in response to Hurricane Harvey to coordinate emergency public information and provide updates to keep the public, media, and decision makers (elected officials, partners and stakeholders) informed about the response and recovery efforts taking place.
HCOHSEM is extremely grateful to all its staff, emergency management partners, first responders, elected officials and volunteers who worked tirelessly during every event and crisis. Moving forward, HCOHSEM will continue to work to improve our county’s ability to respond and recover from disasters and encourages residents to improve their readiness.
For more about the activities and events highlighted in HCOHSEM’s 2017 Annual Report go to www.readyharris.org or click on the following link http://bit.ly/AnnualReportHC17.