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Office of Emergency Management

What We Do

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the central oversight authority for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) emergency management preparedness and response. The office coordinates with groups throughout the TDCJ to develop and update emergency response plans, continuity of operations plans, and the Homeland Security Strategic Plan.

The office represents the TDCJ on the Texas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Council. These activities involve logistical coordination of resources or deployment of TDCJ law enforcement staff to assist during actual emergencies. The office serves a liaison role to the public emergency management sector. The Office of Emergency Management works with most TDCJ operational divisions to provide a representative to disaster district committees throughout the state.

Further, the office oversees all mitigation reports and activities for the agency; works to identify potential hazards and threats to the agency; and develops mapping, modeling, and forecasting tools to lessen their effects. The office also trains agency staff on roles and expectations during emergencies and command center activations. Working in conjunction with the Correctional Institutions Division, OEM provides all necessary training for security staff and unit personnel on the Incident Command System. The office also coordinates National Incident Management System training.

For More Information

Melissa Kimbrough, Director
Emergency Management
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099

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