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City Plans New Emergency Homeless Shelter, But Without Much Community Input
A Southeast Austin warehouse will soon become a shelter
"...As Austin struggles to provide enough emergency shelter beds for the thousands of people living without..."

May 12, 2023 News Post by Austin Sanders

As Heat Blazes, Council OKs $9 Million Emergency Shelter
City using some funding designated for permanent housing
"...that was founded in San Antonio and has operated emergency homeless shelters for the past 10 years, including in..."

July 28, 2023 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Gov. Abbott Announces State of Disaster, Urges Texans Not to Hoard
Governor says more facilities will have testing capabilities soon
"...Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt and Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Gov. Greg Abbott today tried..."

March 13, 2020 News Post by Margaret Nicklas

The Worst Is Yet to Come
Austin's Emergency Operations Center
"...miraculous: Not one person died in the worst weather emergency in Austin history...."

April 28, 1995 News Feature

Where's the Fire?
Communications Bond Proposal Is No Emergency
"...supported general obligation bonds for purchasing, acquiring, and installing emergency service equipment." With early voting for the May 3..."

April 25, 1997 News Feature

Saturday Flood Damage Assistance Update
Latest City of Austin communication on flood aftermath
"...latest release from the City of Austin and the Emergency Operations Center Joint Information Center. The work goes on,..."

Nov. 9, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Obama Proclaims Halloween Floods Federal Disaster
Funds to be available for public assistance
"...The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that the Halloween flooding in..."

Dec. 20, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

This Is Only a Test
Emergency Alert System test today
"...that today at 1pm a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place...."

Nov. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Anyone else hearing rumors of price gouging? Email us!!!
"...of the Rita evac, the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management kindly remind us that:..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Emergency Post by Kate X Messer

High Stress at EMS
ATCEMS saves lives every day, but the stresses of the job have high costs
"...resolution to "be done with this place," Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services paramedic Ryan Burger took a Glock 40..."

May 8, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

'Nothing Is Done Alone' Extended Interview
The TxCC and their role in Bastrop's recovery after the fires
"...the full conversation with Megan Helton, Texas Conservation Corps emergency response team field coordinator; Parc Smith, American YouthWorks CEO;..."

Dec. 2, 2013 Chronolog Post by Kate X Messer

Q&A: Austin’s Coastal Neighbors
How Galveston looks to its past to prepare for its future – and what that means for Austin
"...evacuees by bus during times of crisis, thus the emergency management decisions and plans of both municipalities are intrinsically..."

Sept. 11, 2009 News Feature by Kate X Messer

Home From Home
Austin opens arms to New Orleans 'guests,' longing to return
" Dr. Edward Racht, medical director of the city/county Emergency Medical Services System. Getting It Done..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

As Austin Recovers From Winter Storm Mara, City Manager's Job Is (Again) on the Line
Walking on thin ice
"...dropped the ball on two key principles of crisis management: Respond to what your customers are telling you, and..."

Feb. 10, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Making Hay Out of Y2K
Preparedness 101
"...along with the heads of the city's utilities, waste management, fire, police, the Office of Emergency Management, and the..."

March 12, 1999 News Feature by Marc Savlov

Austin Looks for Routes Out of Its Homelessness Crisis
Under pressure, the city experiments with fast and sustainable strategies
" to help people, with support services and case management, move along that continuum at their own pace, and..."

July 9, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

The Forgotten Storm
One year later, Rita's invisible evacuees still wait in the shadow of Katrina
" of about 100,000 Texas Rita survivors the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates were displaced from their homes and..."

Sept. 22, 2006 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Having a Plan for When Shit Hits the Fan: A Journey in Prepping
What disaster preparedness experts have to say about best-laid plans for worst-case scenarios
"...the city of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in February – an excruciating series of PowerPoint..."

April 26, 2024 Arts Feature by Kevin Curtin

How ERCOT and the City Are Preparing for the Next Winter Storm
Mayor: "We should anticipate that we will have a big weather event"
"...a winter prognosis assuring that it is "not projecting emergency conditions this winter and expects to have adequate resources..."

Dec. 8, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Be It Flood or Fire, Austin Is Preparing for Disasters to Come
Austin residents must be prepared for hell or high water
"...every couple of weeks. Whatever the current weather, local emergency managers and elected officials alike continue to hammer home..."

May 27, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Post-Flood Report: Mixed 'After Action' Reviews
171 action items needing improvement
" note that during the activation of the EOC [Emergency Operations Center] for this flooding incident, HSEM [Homeland Security..."

April 18, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Total Solar Eclipse to Draw Crowds of Tourists to Town
The once-in-a-lifetime darkness is coming to Central Texas
"...Traffic management and emergency preparation were not in the group’s wheelhouse...."

March 8, 2024 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Austin Water Issues Boil Notice
When will we get good water back? Good question.
" contrast with predictions put forth by Travis County Emergency Management this morning (see below)...."

Oct. 23, 2018 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Updated Wildfire Relief Information
Updated Wednesday, September 7, 1:14pm
"...Bastrop County Emergency Management needs the following supplies: new pillows, bed sheets,..."

Sept. 7, 2011 News Post by Anne Harris

Katrina Evacuees: Precarious Times at La Quinta
FEMA's new Dec. 1 cutoff deadline for picking up the tab of hurricane evacuees living in Texas hotels and motels leaves thousands of people in housing limbo
"...least according to FEMA. On Nov. 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency abruptly announced that Nov. 30 is the..."

Nov. 25, 2005 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Another Ill Wind
Ike's aftermath leaves Red Cross, schools, charities picking up the pieces
"...While the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the governor's office, and the city's Office..."

Sept. 26, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Hightower Report
The "New" FEMA; and Subsidizing Boeing's Criminality
"...The infamous Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency that so totally botched its handling of..."

July 28, 2006 News Column by Jim Hightower

The Latest on the Local Actions and Reactions to COVID-19
Health officials feel wary but ready
"...the city of Austin's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Providers, in consultation with Austin Public Health and..."

March 13, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Here's How Austin's Last-Minute City Budget Battles Played Out
How advocates' calls for action were and weren't answered
"...Fund, which pays for city services like police, fire, emergency medical services, parks, libraries, and housing assistance. GF expenditures..."

Aug. 25, 2023 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Winter Is Still Coming: An Update on Water, Power and Other Relief for Austinites
As the city thaws, utilities slowly repair damage, restore service
"...the state’s electrical grid, announced an end to its emergency and informed utilities they no longer needed to “shed..."

Feb. 19, 2021 News Post by Austin Sanders

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