Description of Emergency Management
The Mayors of each jurisdiction and the Gray County Judge, being the Chief Elected Officials in Gray County are the Emergency Management Directors as defined by the Texas Disaster Act. The EM Directors have appointed Coordinators in each jurisdiction to serve as their representatives in matters pertaining to Emergency Management.
Pampa Emergency Management works with elected officials and area emergency responders to train personnel and maintain a high level of preparedness. The goal of this training is to mitigate disaster planning and therefore minimize the loss of life and property.
Local hazards have been identified as being:
- Winter storms
- Hazardous material spills
- Transportation and industrial accidents
Task specific training to maintain a program of emergency preparedness is provided by the State and Federal Governments to the Coordinator and other emergency management staff and responders.
Office of Emergency Management
Pampa Office of Emergency Management also works with professional and volunteer agencies by facilitating planning and training to meet the needs of our communities.
POEM works with the Gray County Chapter of the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to support mass care and sheltering requirements that may result from citizen displaced from their homes after a disaster.
The Coordinator develops and maintains emergency plans and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Commission on issues pertaining to planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.
The Basic Plan of the City of Pampa Emergency Plan establishes legal authority of local government to operate during times of and emergency. The Plan also annexes which support the Basic Plan and are operational procedures which are generic in nature and are used to give guidance to those providing support services to the Plan. The Emergency Plan is tested annually and updated when required.