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For general questions, email us at [email protected]. For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.


Outreach Request Form

To request a presentation, booth, tour or materials fill out this form. Our Community Liaison will contact you to confirm the details.

If you wish to visit the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, please note that June, July, and August are our busiest months. A 3-4 week notice for an event request is suggested.

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Regional Local Emergency Planning Committees

Deer Park LEPC
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Chair: James J. Stokes, City of Deer Park
Vice Chair: Kevin Machemehl, Oxy Vinyls

Meets: The 4th Tuesday of every month (no meeting in July or December)
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Deer Park City Hall
710 East San Augustine
Deer Park, TX 77536

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Shannon Bennett
[email protected]

Galena Park LEPC
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Chair: Jorge Flores, EMC - Galena Park
Vice Chair: Vacant

Meets: The last Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, etc.)
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Alvin D. Baggett Community Building
1302 Keene Street
Galena Park, TX 77547
[email protected]

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Jorge Flores
[email protected]
713-672-2566 / 713-569-6295

Greater Baytown LEPC
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Chair: Tony Irby, LCY Elastomers
Vice Chair: David Harmon, ExxonMobil BOP

Meets: The 3rd Tuesday of every month
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Baytown Emergency Operations Center
205 E. Wye Drive
Baytown, TX 77521

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Misty Bridges
[email protected]

Greater Harris County LEPC

Chair: Joe Leonard, PENTA
Vice Chair: Rick Deel, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Meets: Quarterly
Location: Rotational

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
David Wade
[email protected]

Greater Houston LEPC
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Chair: Dr. Denise Chatam Walker
Vice Chair: Karen LaFleur

Meets: The last Wednesday of every other month (January, March, May etc.)
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: American Red Cross Building
2700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Dr. Denise Chatam Walker
[email protected]

Humble LEPC

Chair: James Nykaza, EMC - Humble
[email protected]

Meets: A member of Greater Harris County LEPC / Meets quarterly

Jacinto City LEPC

Chair: Lon Squyers, City Manager/EMC - City of Jacinto City
[email protected]

Meets: Contact Chair for meeting schedule
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Galena Park ISD Administration
14705 Wood Forest Blvd.
Houston, TX 77015

Jersey Village LEPC

Chair: Mark Bitz, Fire Chief/Fire Marshal/EMC - City of Jersey Village
[email protected]

Meets: Quarterly with the Greater Harris County LEPC


Chair: Greg Goedecker, EMC - City of Katy
[email protected]

Meets: Currently meeting with the Greater Houston and Greater Harris County LEPCs
Location: Katy Fire Department
1417 Ave. D
Katy 77493

LaPorte, Morgan's Point & Shoreacres LEPC
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Chair: Justin Cox, Oxy Vinyls
Vice Chair: Richard Bass, Kuraray America

Meets: The 2nd Thursday of every month
Time: 11:00 AM

Location: La Porte ISD Support Services
2015 Sens Road
La Porte, TX 77571

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Irais Sanchez, LEPC Coordinator
281-470-0010 Office
[email protected]

Memorial Villages LEPC
See Greater Houston LEPC
North Channel LEPC

Chairman: Lon Squyers, City Manager/EMC - City of Jacinto City
[email protected]

Meets: Contact Chair for meeting schedule
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Galena Park ISD Administration
14705 Wood Forest Blvd.
Houston, TX 77015

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Debbie Husband
[email protected]

South Houston LEPC

Chair: Eric Vega, Fire Marshal/EMC - City of South Houston
[email protected]

Southeast Regional LEPC
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Chair: Ben Reese, Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Vice Chair: Darryl Ramsaywak, Arkema

Meets: See website for meeting schedule
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77507
[email protected]

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Josephine Espinosa
713-475-7088 / 713-475-5588
[email protected]

Tomball LEPC

Chair: Joe Sykora, Fire Chief/Fire Marshal/EMC - City of Tomball
[email protected]

Meets: 4th Wednesday Each Month
Time: 8:30
Location: Tomball Fire Department Main Station 1
1200 Rudel Rd.
Tomball, TX 77375

LEPC Contact Name & Number:
Barbara Tague
[email protected]


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Internship Program

Intern with HCOHSEM

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) offers an unpaid internship program for college students studying emergency management, communications, social sciences or related field. The internship provides students with a unique opportunity to apply classroom skills and theory to real-life work situations. It also helps them develop the confidence and skills needed to prepare for future employment opportunities.

Available Program Areas:

  • Public Affairs and Communications Planning
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management


  • Must have completed at least 2 years of college
  • Must be studying a related field, including, but not limited to: journalism, communications, political science, public administration, public policy, homeland security, emergency management, etc.
  • Strong written/verbal communications skills, and research/analysis skills
  • Must commit to minimum 20 hours per week, during normal working hours
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of the job
  • Ability to multi-task and handle different projects
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply


When to Apply:

The internship program follows a college semester cycle. Please see below for internship timeframe and application deadlines.

Spring- January to May. Application deadline: Friday, first week of October.

Summer- June to August. Application deadline: Friday, first week of February.

Fall- September to December. Application deadline: Friday, first week of May.


How to Apply:


Students interning for college credit must comply with their school’s requirements. To be considered, interested students should email 1) letter of interest, 2) resume, and 3) writing sample to: [email protected]