Hurricane Ike

Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

"Climate Change" Gone From State Emergency Plan

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

*The original version of this story listed 1.4 million people having signed the NRDC petition, which is incorrect and has been removed. The number is reflective of NRDC membership and online participation and not the number of people who have signed the petition.

Several groups in Texas and Washington D.C. have taken issue with the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowing the State of Texas to delete "climate change" from their state emergency plan.

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Special Session
3:22 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawmakers May Be Looking At Third Special Session

Damage from Hurricane Ike reached into the tens of billions.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Though Gov. Rick Perry has acknowledged the need to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association ahead of a major storm, it is not one of the items being discussed in the second special session.

TWIA reform has been been on lawmaker's radar since the start of the regular session but they only got as close as holding a hearing on the current status of the program.

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Emergency Preparedness
2:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Perry Says Texas Is Prepared For 2013 Hurricane Season

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

After witnessing a week of state emergency preparedness drills, Gov. Rick Perry said the State of Texas is prepared to respond to the effects of a hurricane of any size this season, but that getting to that level of preparedness hasn’t been easy.

"We've got this sequestration going on and we got the Texas Army National Guard and our Air Guard that are facing some mandated furloughs. These are individuals who remain very committed to our state and we need them on the job full time," Perry said.

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Special Session
9:11 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Will Windstorm Insurance Agency Reform Make It Into The Special Session?

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas. A storm of this size could cause big problems for TWIA.
National Weather Service

Texas House members are urging Gov. Rick Perry to call for reforming various governmental programs during the special session.

Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-League City, is hoping the governor will call for lawmakers to change the funding structure for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, a quasi-governmental group that provides reduced-rate insurance coverage against a hurricane.

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm-Insurance Disaster Looms As Hurricane Season Approaches

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

The 83rd Legislature is finished on Monday and so far there is no permanent fix for a state-funded storm insurance company as hurricane season approaches. Want to know the secret behind which bills pass and which ones fail? Follow the money. Also on this show: This summer's projected strain on the state's electric grid, and a border reunion between two villages.

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