Government Partners


Listed below are all of the members of the Texas Emergency Management Council, which has been established by state law to advise and assist the Governor in all matters relating to disaster mitigation, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and recovery. The organizations with an asterisk (*) are also members of the Texas Interagency Coordinating Group.

American Red Cross (Non-Governmental)

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. ​

Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)*

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) provides statewide leadership and oversight for management of government information and communications technology. The agency's executive director also serves as the chief information officer (CIO) for the State of Texas. 

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

The Texas General Land Office (GLO), through its Community Development and Revitalization Program (GLO – CDR), works to rebuild Texas communities by putting Texans back in their homes, restoring critical infrastructure and mitigating future damage through resilient community planning.

State Auditor’s Office (SAO)

The State Auditor's Office (SAO) is the independent auditor for Texas state government. The SAO operates with oversight from the Legislative Audit Committee, a six-member permanent standing committee of the Texas Legislature, jointly chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

State Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA)*

The Comptroller’s office serves virtually every citizen in the state. As Texas’ chief tax collector, accountant, revenue estimator, treasurer and purchasing manager, the agency is responsible for writing the checks and keeping the books for the multi-billion-dollar business of state government.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service

With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices and some 900 professional educators, the expertise provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is available to every resident in every Texas county.  Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative educational network dedicated to educating citizens about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Texas EDEN is a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is affiliated with National Extension Disaster Education Network.

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

TAHC and USDA plan, collaborate, and coordinate with the states’ animal health-related agencies, agriculture industries, and other related agencies and parties. TAHC and USDA work to prevent and respond to foreign animal disease outbreaks, dangerous parasite or pest infestations, and bioterrorism.  The agencies are ready to assist in response and recovery during natural or man-made catastrophes, including fires, floods, and hurricanes, in accordance with the FEMA Emergency Response Plan and/or the State of Texas Emergency plan in the following areas: Animal ownership identification, livestock restraint/capture, carcass disposal, coordinating livestock evacuation, consulting on animal health and public health concerns, and chemical/biological terrorism issues.

Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG)*

When a natural or man-made emergency strikes, Texans generally support each other to overcome adversity.  But unscrupulous individuals will try to take advantage of tragedy.  Be on the lookout for price gouging, flood-damaged vehicles and other post-emergency scams that may arise.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)*

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.  TCEQ responds to natural disasters, spills, and other environmental emergencies or situations.

Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)

The mission of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection is to aid in the protection of lives and property of Texas citizens through the development and enforcement of recognized professional standards for individuals and the fire service.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)

Natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and fires can cause devastating losses for Texas agricultural producers. The Texas Department of Agriculture provides farm and ranch producers with information, programs and resources to help receive disaster assistance and get back on their feet.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)*

Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS)*

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, and prevention programs.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)*

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community and energy assistance programs, colonia activities, and regulation of the state's manufactured housing industry. 

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)*

We send investigators to areas hard-hit by storms to help deter fraud, which can range from shoddy repairs to price gouging. In the worst cases, contractors may simply take your money and run.  We also help make sure Texans get fast and fair service from their insurance companies. During a disaster, this includes helping storm victims by finding contact information for their insurance companies, answering questions about insurance, explaining the insurance claims process, resolving problems or complaints about an insurance company, agent, or adjuster.

Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS)*

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)*

The purpose of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section is to provide public health leadership and improve health and well-being in Texas. This is accomplished by promoting health, preventing disease and injury, protecting, and effectively responding to all types of health emergencies, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters. The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section does this through networking, coordinating, standardizing, and centralizing our resources and planning efforts across the state.

Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)

State and local government agencies may have the opportunity to seek federal funding to restore public facilities severely damaged in a declared disaster.

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates the state emergency management program, which is intended to ensure the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters.

TDEM implements programs to increase public awareness about threats and hazards, coordinates emergency planning, provides an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administers disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in the State of Texas.

Visit PreparingTexas.org for TDEM's Emergency Management Preparedness resources.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)*

The Texas Education Agency provides a number of resources for school districts affected by extreme weather, natural disasters, or man-made disasters. These resources include state waiver applications and information for students displaced by disaster.

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

Home to some of the world's top training facilities, the emergency preparedness campus in Bryan/College Station includes the Brayton Fire Training Field, Disaster City® and the Emergency Operations Training Center. Customized TEEX training programs develop practical solutions for each client's need through hands-on instructional facilities for public utilities, law enforcement and unexploded ordnance training at the home campus or at customer-specified locations worldwide.

Texas Forest Service (TFS)

Texas A&M Forest Service conserves and protects the resources and lands of the Lone Star State.  TFS is also one of the lead agencies for incident management in the state. From the initial response to ongoing recovery, the agency strives to protect Texas from wildfire and other types of disasters. TFS does this by not only fighting wildfire and responding to incidents, but also by building capacity and increasing public awareness about community protection and wildfire prevention. 

Texas Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC)*

Texas Military Department (TMD)

Provide direction and oversight of Texas Military Department throughout Texas and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI during emergencies and disasters as part of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or civil support operations to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect property. When authorized, provide mission command of Title 32 and Title 10 forces within a Dual Status Command for immediate and long term DSCA response at the request of the Governor of Texas.

Texas Office of Court Administration (Texas Supreme Court)

The Office of Court Administration (OCA) is a unique state agency in the Judicial Branch that operates under the direction and supervision of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Chief Justice.  Our mission is to provide resources and information for the efficient administration of the Judicial Branch of Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

The TPWD mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS)

The Comptroller’s Statewide Procurement Division connects vendors with state purchasers and contract opportunities and help state and local government entities procure non-IT goods and services through easily accessible contracts that meet their needs.

Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC)*

The Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.

Texas Railroad Commission (RRC)

The Railroad Commission of Texas was established in 1891 under a constitutional and legislative mandate to prevent discrimination in railroad charges and establish reasonable tariffs. It is the oldest regulatory agency in the state and one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

Texas State University System

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is an official university-level research center at Texas State University. The TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with key school safety initiatives and mandates. Specifically, the TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. 

Texas Tech University System (TTU)

The Texas Tech University System was formed in 1996 and formally established by the State of Texas three years later in 1999. Since its inception, the TTU System has emerged as one of the top public university systems in the nation and is a dynamic force in higher education. Today, the TTU System consists of four component institutions and operates at multiple campuses and academic sites across the state and globe.

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TXVOAD) (Non-Governmental)

Texas VOAD is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.  We are a statewide body that facilitates cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration of member organizations in all phases of disaster and to maximize member impact.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)*

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy.

The Salvation Army (Non-Governmental)

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services provides critical services to make sure survivors have the support needed to rebuild their lives.  We’re known for being the first service agency to arrive and the last to leave – our commitment is to help people through to the end. Once the dust settles, our staff and volunteers stay for weeks, months or even years until we’ve done all we can to help.

University of Houston System (UH)

The University of Houston System provides, through the complementary missions of its four universities, access to comprehensive higher education programs and services to the diverse community of students in the Houston metropolitan area and beyond. 

University of North Texas System (UNT)

University of Texas System (UT)

The mission of The University of Texas System is to improve the human condition in Texas, our nation and our world. The System will use its size, diversity, and quality to advance education, push the bounds of discovery, enhance population health, build stronger communities and shape public policy for the common good. Producing high quality human capital with a sense of service and the ability to lead, we will pursue solutions to the problems of our state, our nation and our world. We are a state university system with global impact.


Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)*

The Disaster Services Unit (DSU) leads coordinated and collaborative disaster-related efforts with federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, faith-based and philanthropic organizations, and other partners. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps help communities across the country prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI

FEMA Region VI oversees federal emergency management for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations.  The main campus of Region VI is located in Denton, Texas, just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.