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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - July 2009
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DETCOG Disaster Case Management Office opens
Tyler County Booster - July 2009

Walter Diggles, Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG), announces the opening of the second satellite office of the Hurricane Ike Disaster Case Management Pilot Project program. The second DCM satellite office to open within the seventeen county area served by this program is located in Woodville, TX. The office is now open. Located at 711 West Bluff, the office is staffed by a disaster case management supervisor and a team of disaster case managers.

The DCM Pilot Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and provides long-term disaster case management services to citizens affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ike. The intent of the DCM Pilot Project, in addition to providing needed long-term disaster case management to victims of Hurricane Ike, is to gather best practices and data for HHSC and FEMA. The pilot project will assist in formulating a disaster case management model for future disasters as required under the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act.

The project will build upon the work of community and faith-based organizations that have been involved in disaster response and recovery along with local government organizations in the region. DETCOG has opened satellite offices throughout the seventeen county area served by the Disaster Case Management Pilot Project. The counties served by DCM are: Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, and Tyler. For additional information, please contact Mr. Walter Diggles, Executive Director of DETCOG, at 409-384-5704 or call 1-800-824-1388. Information can also be found at www.detcog.org.

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