Keeping Texas Running When Disaster Strikes
Texas A&M Public Works Response Team (TX-PWRT) is a joint response team sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management with qualified experienced members who support local jurisdictions in their response to a catastrophic event by providing critical public works services as needed to facilitate recovery.
What is TX-PWRT?
TX-PWRT is a state asset that is deployed by the State Operations Center (SOC) to support local jurisdictions in event of a catastrophic event. TX-PWRT is comprised of multi-disciplined, multi-talented, and highly qualified member in the Public Works sector.
TX-PWRT is designed to support local jurisdictions in their initial response and recovery efforts at three levels:
- Planning Support: Specialized public works technical assistance for jurisdictions in performing rapid damage assessment, and identifying capabilities and resource needs, while responding to and recovering from the consequences of a catastrophic event.
- Operational Support: Short term augmentation of local public works resources as needed to expedite and enhance their response capability to a catastrophic event.
- Liaison Support: Act as a point of contact for the local jurisdiction in support of the Incident Commander.
JOIN THE TX-PWRT
TX-PWRT members are experienced and knowledgeable in public works activities such as Utilities (Electrical, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, Environmental Safety and Compliance, and Communications); Debris Clearance; Structural Safety; Transportation Systems, Heavy Equipment Operators, Fire Control Operations and Logistical Support.
Before becoming an active TX-PWRT member, you must complete the required online training at: training.fema.gov
- IS-800.C: National Framework, An Introduction
- IS-700.B: National Incident Management System
- IS-200.B: ICS for the Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-100.PWb: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100) for Public Works
Seeking Professionals for these Positions:
- Civil/Structural Engineer
- Code Enforcement
- Fire Control Technician
- Heavy Equipment Operator
- Public Works Team Leaders
- Safety Officer/EHS
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot/Observer
- Water/Wastewater Operator
- Water/Wastewater Technician
Standard Operating Guidelines
Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) provide support and guidance to the management, staff, and members of the Texas A&M Public Works Response Team.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information or how to join:
Email: [email protected]
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“Once the catastrophic event is over, economic damage is just beginning. Businesses are shutdown, schools are closed, basic water and wastewater isn’t available. Our vision for the TX-PWRT is to develop a robust team of public works professionals, resources, and equipment that will provide the means to reopen the community as quickly as possible.”
Ron Peddy, Director of TX-PWRT