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Office Of The Governor Participates In Multi-Agency State Planning Meeting On Coronavirus And Emergency Response

AUSTIN – The Office of the Governor (OOG) today joined other state agency representatives for a meeting at the State Operations Center to discuss the current state of the coronavirus (COVD-19) as well as the state’s emergency response plans. The meeting, hosted by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), was the first in a series of twice-weekly meetings that will address state emergency planning documents and strategies.

During the inaugural meeting, representatives of the Emergency Management Council discussed ways to reinforce the precautionary strategies Texas is already implementing to safeguard communities and protect public health. The representatives also reviewed the purpose, scope, and organization of the State Emergency Management Plan, the state emergency management structure, and each Emergency Management Council agency’s area of responsibility within the Emergency Support Functions.

The meeting included a discussion of ways to achieve consistent communication between local and state agencies and private sector partners. Upon conclusion of the meeting, agencies were charged with reviewing their own operational plans so they can continue to operate efficiently and provide services in the event of an emergency.

Additionally, as the lead agency responding to COVID-19, DSHS answered questions from other agencies, which ensures the State of Texas has a unified approach to planning for and responding to this event. For up-to-date information from DSHS, visit:

The following agencies participated in today’s meeting:

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Department of State Health Services

Office of the Governor

The American Red Cross

Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Department of Public Safety

Office of the Attorney General

Public Utility Commission of Texas

State Auditor’s Office

Texas Animal Health Commission

The Texas A&M University System

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Texas Department of Insurance

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Texas Animal Health Commission

Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Texas Commission on Jail Standards

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Education Agency

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas Medical Board

Texas Military Department

Texas Office of Court Administration

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

The Salvation Army

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

University of North Texas System

University of Texas System

Texas Tech University System

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