Office of Policy & Research

Office of Policy & Research

  • The Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Office of Policy & Research (OPR) is responsible for the development of the Rules, Operating Procedures, and Operating Guidelines in coordination with the staff of the relevant divisions, sections and units within TDEM.
  • OPR is also responsible for the development of relationships and collaboration with researchers from institutions of higher education in Texas with the goal of bringing current research into the practice of emergency management, and identifying research needs within the Emergency Management community to share with researchers.
  • OPR works to expand TDEM’s relationships with businesses from across Texas to develop collaborative efforts to improve the state’s capacity to respond to disasters that affect the business community and accelerate its recovery.

RESEARCH EFFORTS

  1. RESEARCH DATA REQUESTS
    1. Researchers from Texas Institutions of Higher Education who seek access to data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management may submit a request through the following link: Here
    2. Research Support Requests
      1. Researchers from Texas Institutions of Higher Education who seek support from the Texas Division of Emergency Management for research efforts or to support external funding requests may submit a request through the following link: Here

*NOTE: TDEM does not currently provide external funding to researchers.  Types of support that may be requested include: Letters of Support, Statements of Support, Subject Matter Experts, Other Staff Support, or Other TDEM Action.

  1. Texas A&M University System Researcher Registration
    1. Researchers from the Texas A&M University System may provide the Texas Division of Emergency Management with information related to their emergency management research activities. TDEM may use this information to develop collaborative efforts to bring research into practice in the Emergency Management field.  Researchers may also have the opportunity to work with TDEM on efforts related to Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation in areas where their research provides new methods for addressing Emergency Management needs.
    2. Researchers may register with TDEM through the following link: Here

*Note: Expansion of this effort to Researchers from other Texas Institutions of Higher Education will be developed in the coming months.

BUSINESS OUTREACH EFFORTS

TDEM Speaker Requests
Business Organizations or Associations which would be interested in having a speaker from the Texas Division of Emergency Management may submit the Speaker Request Form below.

TDEM Business Emergency Operations Center
Business Emergency Operations Center – The Texas Division of Emergency Management has begun the process of developing a Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC). The BEOC will be TDEM’s virtual and physical mechanism for two-way communication between the public sector and our private sector partners. By working directly with our partners, the BEOC will aid our citizens and businesses with preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts related to disasters. The BEOC will serve to strengthen communication and collaboration to provide greater integration of Texas businesses into disaster operations at a strategic and tactical level.

  1. Vendor Point of Contact
    1. Randy Vivian will serve as the primary point of contact for vendors seeking to do business with TDEM.

MacGregor Stephenson, J.D., Ph.D.
Chief of Policy & Research
Macgregor.stephenson@tdem.texas.gov
512-377-0067

John Kelley, Ph.D
Section Chief, Policy & Research
John.kelley@tdem.texas.gov
512-424-2453

Randy Vivian
Deputy Section Chief, Business Outreach
Randy.vivian@tdem.texas.gov
512-424-2844