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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.


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.

Required Training

Before becoming an active TX-PWRT member, you must complete the required online training at: training.fema.gov

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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

Employer FAQ

Texas A&M Public Works Response Team is a partnership between Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in an effort to provide resources in assisting communities with restoration of critical infrastructure after a disaster.

For more information or how to join:

Email: [email protected]

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TX-PWRT WWW Laredo Deployment Photo
Click the photo above to read about TX-PWRT’s recent deployment to help the City of Laredo, Texas.

“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

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