Emergency management chief speaks to DETCOG
Houston County Courier
The new Chief of the Division of Emergency Management for the State of Texas, Nim Kidd, spoke before the Deep East Texas Council of Government’s (DETCOG) Tuesday, Nov. 16 board meeting. Kidd is new to the position, but he reassured those gathered that the philosophy of the department has not changed. “Emergency management is all about you – the local officials,” said Kidd. “The emergency is local, the response is run by the local officials making the right decisions at the right time and the ending of the emergency takes place locally. The state’s job is to support the local officials in their efforts to protect their citizens,” Kidd concluded. Later, the DETCOG board approved a resolution concern-ing its Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) Plan for 2010-2011. The plan resulted in the housing program starting to take applications for participa-tion in the Section 8 Housing Voucher program on Dec. 1 instead of waiting until Jan. 1, 2011. The acceptance of applica-tions will stop on March 30, 2011. The additional month came in response to high demand for Section 8 Voucher assistance in the region. The DETCOG board also heard year end reports on several programs. The Commission on State Emergency Communications has evaluated DETCOG’s 9-1-1 Program and given it their highest rating. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has reviewed DETCOG’s Services to At Risk Youth (STAR) program and found it has met or exceeded its contract performance targets. The next DETCOG board meeting will be the Christmas luncheon on Dec. 16 in Jasper County.