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2015 Annual Report: Harris County Emergency Management Builds Partnerships

Contact: Rosio Torres, 713-426-9542

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report summarizes HCOHSEM’s operations and key accomplishments during the past year.

“It was a very busy year and we are proud of the work and the partnerships we have built,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Collaboration is crucial in all phases of emergency management.”

In 2015, HCOHSEM expanded its homeland security capabilities by partnering with law enforcement liaisons involved in the collection and dissemination of intelligence to better understand the evolving risks and threats to our region.

The Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated more than a dozen times in 2015 for various incidents, but mostly for severe weather, including the Memorial Day and Halloween floods. These devastating floods claimed several lives and damaged thousands of homes.

“Incidents like these serve as a reminder that our region is vulnerable to a wide array of hazards and threats,” added Emmett. “They also remind us of the importance of having plans in place for when disaster strikes.”

Last year, FEMA included HCOHSEM’s multi-jurisdictional mitigation planning process in its Mitigation Best Practice Portfolio as a model of collaborative planning that promotes community resilience and reduces long-term vulnerability.