Texas is a safer place today compared to 2001, because of the state’s ability to communicate threat, says Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who chairs a task force on homeland security.
“The level of awareness and training has dramatically increased,” said Dewhurst, who has singled out efforts by TEEX and the Texas Department of Health.
Recently, TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) completed two training exercises for the Texas Department of Health, Region 8, which covers 28 counties. The terrorism-related scenarios involve weapons of mass destruction, said Doug Rape’, exercise program coordinator for NERRTC.
“TEEX-NERRTC did these (exercises) because of an ongoing reputation as an organization that can design, develop and deliver exercises to health and medical field personnel, as well as the first responder community,” said Rape’. He noted that the Texas Department of Health has signed a contract for an entire series of exercises to be conducted in 2004.