Dallas County
Homeland Security & Emergency Management

509 Main St. Ste. 305, Dallas, TX 75209 Office 214-653-7980 Fax 214-653-7988

The Dallas County Office of Security and Emergency Management is the local component of the Homeland Security Department for Dallas County. This agency in coordination with Federal, State, Regional and local emergency management agencies pursuant to its mandate by Presidential Homeland Security Directives five (5) and eight (8), Texas Gubernatorial Order RP 40, consistently and regularly participates in training exercises in accordance with the National Response Framework. These exercises are designed to effectively increase the ability of all stakeholders responding to disasters. Also, it enhances the ability of the local emergency management community to prepare, respond, mitigate, prevent and recover from disasters whether manmade or natural. This includes terrorism, bioterrorism, radiological dispersion, chemical incidents, accidents, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes etc. Training revolves around an "all hazards" approach to mitigating disasters not just the high impact low frequency events.

Training is intense, extensive and continuous with clear objectives to manage incidents as outlined by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS). Training exercises utilizes this proven methodology of crisis management which allows flexibility, expansion or contraction involving interdisciplinary agencies to coordinate, command and control incidents by objectives regardless to causation, type or size.

Training also consists of mass emergency evacuation drills with employees, visitors, patrons or large groups occupying high rise office complexes, courts, office buildings as well as facilities maintained by Dallas County. Contingency planning requires this type of training to devise a system of immediate, efficient but orderly evacuation. This reduces chaos, pandemonium or confusion in the event of an actual incident. Training events, drills, or exercises are the only time to prepare for, respond to, or rehearse in anticipation of a catastrophic incident.

Dallas County Office of Security and Emergency Management has made major strides in transitioning from basic, intermediate, to the advanced level of preparedness via its internal and external training events. This training effort is dynamic with the primary objectives being the saving of lives and the protection of property. Dallas County Emergency Management places an extraordinarily high premium on preparedness training. This emphasis on training events is to ensure that the residents and citizens of Dallas County will receive the best practices from lessons learned in responding to real disasters.

Training Opportunities

Free training opportunities are currently offered by numerous agencies throughout the State, Region and Nation to enhance the ability of the emergency management community in accordance with the National Response Framework. This coordinated effort allows all stakeholders to maximize the utilization of resources in preparedness, response, prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts. Training is available to public entities and private citizens.

Overall, the Federal Department of Homeland Security has listed thirty-seven (37) target capabilities that it designates as priorities to efficiently protect lives and property in the event of catastrophic, disaster or terrorist incidents requiring Incident Command System (ICS) management implementation. This National Incident Management System (NIMS) will consistently provide the framework for group efforts in responding to incidents that could easily overwhelm a jurisdiction if it were the only source responding to emergency calls beyond the jurisdiction's ability to meet the challenge.

Below you can find some of these agencies and the training offered by them to meet the demanding challenges that we face in the protection of lives and preservation of property within our local jurisdiction. The challenges facing our Nation, State, County and local municipalities can be effectively met with resolve, determination, persistence, proper planning and training. Update training includes First Aid/CPR/AED skills development and certifications. Question regarding training can be sent to contact Larry K. Thompson.