​​ ​            L​​ a Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS
​and the
 Office of Emergency Management
(OEM)
Division

Office of Emergency Management

MISSION

The County of La Salle's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) mission is to minimize loss of life and personal injury, and damage to property and the environment from disasters by maintaining an Emergency Management program that addresses ​preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for all hazards in close coordination with the Cities of Cotulla and Encinal, County, State and Federal Agencies. We strive to accomplish this through a continuing program of outreach, coordination, planning, training and exercising for all hazards and for all four phases of emergency management -- preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.                

GOALS

  1. Coordinate with all levels of management within La Salle County to ensure an optimum level of emergency preparedness.
  2. ​Establish and develop a community-based (LEPC) Local Emergency Plan Committee that assist in the preparation for emergency responses, particularly those concerning hazardous materials. 
  3. Review and update La Salle County's Emergency Management Plan, involving the (LEPC) Emergency Response Plan developed by stakeholders, citizens and Industry.
  4. Implement a tracking system for emergency requests and training.
  5. Prepare annual Emergency Management Performance Grant Application, Statement of Work and Progress Reports.
  6. Assist County Agencies & Departments in the review and revision of their Emergency Management Performance annexes and Standard Operating Guidelines.
  7. Participate in emergency management staff development activities.
  8. Submit applications, deliverables and reports as required by the grant.
  9. Coordinate procurement of grant equipment with The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) of Governments.
  10. Provide training and response activities for the Cities of Cotulla, Encinal and the County, as well as The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC).
  11. Develop and conduct exercises as outlined in the approved annual work plan.
  12. Provide and/or coordinate training classes as needed.
  13. Coordinate planning with community partners and medical centers.
  14. Conduct planning meetings with community support/volunteer agencies.
  15. Integrate local (MRS) Medical Response System planning with the medical systems.
  16. Present public awareness programs.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Build relationships with senior staff, community partners, elected officials, the public, and contractors.
  • Develop excellent customer service and Inter-agency relations during all hazard incidents.
  • Teach emergency preparedness related topics to county employees and response partners.
  • Conduct community meetings to educate the public on hazards.
  • Ensure FEMA's,  (NIMS) National Incident Management System is compliant within the county.
  • Design and conduct exercises using (HSEEP) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program guidelines.
  • Utilize a state emergency data-base tracking system for emergency correspondence,  assistance, declarations and training requests.
  • Supervise, coordinate and train staff & volunteers.
  • Maintain and oversee the (EOC) Emergency Operations Center.
  • Perform "On-Call" functions on a rotating basis.
  • Monitor and evaluate ongoing State Emergency or Disaster Incidents in order to coordinate the (OEM) Office of Emergency Management.
  • Responding to any and all emergency situations with poise and calmness, providing pertinent communications to necessary parties,  while addressing and coordinating efforts.
  • Use high level communication skills to analyze and/or resolve issues.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.


​Preparedness
​OEM Provides information to County residents and departments to develop plans to deal with the effects both natural and manmade hazards. This includes performing work within the community that encourages emergency preparedness.

​Response
The most visible work conducted by OEM is during emergencies. As the Chief Coordinating body of the County Departments during emergencies, OEM works with various local, county, regional and state entities to respond to emergency situations. This includes bringing in supplies and equipment from neighboring jurisdictions through mutual aid aggreements, coordinating evacuation response and managment during catastrophic incidents, and providing recommendations to the Judge on what actions should be taken to minimize the impact of the disaster.

​Recovery
After impact, OEM coordinates a response to ensure that individuals have what they need to survive, this includes the setting up of Points of Distributions (PODs) to provide basic supplies to individuls in need. An assessment of physical damage is also performed, this information is provided to governmental entities such as the State of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in acquiring funding to help residents recover from catastrophic incidents.

​Mitigation
By developing programs that either minimize the impact of a disaster, or reduce the County's vulnerabilty to the disaster, lives and property can be saved. OEM participates in mitigation projects designed to do just that.






La Salle County Fire & EMS Administration
Office of Emergency Management
Emergency Operations Center
247 Mars Drive
Cotulla, TX 78014