To support and enhance the state’s preparedness by helping communities and state agencies implement a self-sustaining exercise program that improves their ability to prevent, respond to and recover from disasters.

COVID-19 Impact Update


Regular services provided by the exercise team continue.

Please be advised the exercise coordinators are working many hours in the State Operations Center during the COVID-19 Response Activation. Please leave them a message or send an email to TDEM.Exercises@tdem.texas.gov. One of the team members will contact you in a timely manner.


TDEM Regions 1 and 3

Rory Halpin  Rory.Halpin@tdem.texas.gov  (512) 739-9158


TDEM Regions 2 and 4



TDEM Regions 5 and 6

Michael Grubb  Michael.Grubb@tdem.texas.gov  (512) 578-9172


Program Supervisor

Sabine Gumm  Sabine.Gumm@tdem.texas.gov  (512) 221-4539


New Texas Cybersecurity Seminar for EMPG-funded Jurisdictions

The Texas Division of Emergency Management presents this Cybersecurity Seminar video, created from interviews with Danny Miller, the Cybersecurity Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) and Andy Bennett Deputy CISO for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

Local jurisdictions can fulfill their FY-2020 EMPG requirement to exercise the Cybersecurity Core Capability.

In order to receive the 2020 Cybersecurity exercise credit, please conduct this seminar locally. This can be done in-person following social distancing guidelines or virtually. Please keep it safe for your participants.

Invite community leadership, cybersecurity professionals, volunteer agencies and any other group involved in your community’s cybersecurity. This will vary from community to community.

We recommend downloading the Incident Response Template from the DIR website for use during the seminar and as a future reference guide. Training is also available through DIR and TAMUS.

Jurisdictions can access the video using this link Cybersecurity Seminar. The video is also available on YouTube.

During your seminar, view the video and have a discussion as it pertains to your jurisdiction. We created a Cybersecurity Summary Report template (attached) that can be used to document your discussion and findings. Fill in the report and submit it to the Exercise Unit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


For EMPG-funded jurisdictions:
Full-Scale and Triennial Full-Scale Exercise Credit for COVID-19 Response
EMPG-funded jurisdictions can request full-scale or triennial full-scale credit for their COVID-19 Response. We developed a COVID-19 After Action Report and Improvement Plan template for your use and guidance. While the use is not mandated, it is highly recommended.  The AAR/IP template ensures that the response documentation fulfills all the exercise criteria as described in the FY-2020 EMPG guidance.

Exercise Postponement
If you are postponing exercises, please notify us via email at TDEM.Exercises@tdem.texas.gov.

For any questions or guidance, please contact the exercise team.


TDEM designs, conducts, coordinates and evaluates emergency exercises at all levels and with a wide range of partners. TDEM also supports and monitors local compliance with Emergency Management Program Grant (EMPG) exercise requirements.

Texas Recovery Housing Seminar for EMPG-funded Jurisdictions  In coordination with the Texas General Land Office, TDEM has developed this seminar for jurisdictions so that they can meet EMPG requirement to exercise the Housing Core Capability. Use the Seminar Summary Report template to guide the discussion after the seminar. Fill in the report and submit it to the Exercise Unit.

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX)

All About Exercises

Training and Exercise Planning Workshops

Exercise Reporting Information and Forms



Sabine Gumm, Unit Supervisor
(512) 424-2447