Emergency Management Professional Development Working Group (EMPDWG) Mission Statement
Pursuant to HB 2305 and SB 6 the mission of the Emergency Management Professional Development Working Group (EMPD) is to continue to advance the profession of emergency management in the State of Texas by recommending baseline qualifications for the individual emergency manager that can be achieved through a combination of education, training and program management.
The EMPDWG has already convened on multiple occasions starting in March 2019 and will submit recommendations to the Texas legislature and the Governor
by November 1, 2020
Work Group Studying Training and Credentialing of Texas Emergency Managers
Earlier this year, the 86th Texas Legislature via HB-2305 and SB-6 directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to convene a working group to develop recommendations for enhancing the training and credentialing of emergency management directors, coordinators and other emergency management personnel charged with overseeing response and recovery efforts at the state or local level. In an effort to ensure equal representation, Chief Nim Kidd assembled emergency managers representing large, medium and small counties and municipalities across the state from both urban and rural areas, and each with varying demographics and potential threat hazards. The committee has been re-designated as the Emergency Management Professional Development Working Group (EMPDWG), which falls under the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee. The EMPDWG has already convened on multiple occasions starting in March of this year. Chaired by the Honorable Judge Jimmy Sylvia of Chambers County and supported by TDEM, the working group has been collaborating on the development of recommendations intended to better serve Texas communities by advancing the emergency management profession. The working group is charged with submitting their recommendations to the Texas legislature and the Governor by November 1, 2020 and will be providing regular updates on their progress to the emergency management community moving forward.