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A Report on The Methodology for Examining and Reporting on Emergency Communication Systems and Their Utilization

March 2022

Summary Analysis

In accordance with Senate Bill 1 (87th Legislature, Regular Session)1, the Texas Emergency Management Council (TEMC) and the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) have developed a methodology for examining and reporting on emergency communication systems and their utilization across Texas from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2021 (see the Attachment for more information about Senate Bill 1).

To address the requirements of Senate Bill 1, the State Auditor’s Office will conduct a statewide survey and summarize those results. The Web-based, statewide survey will be distributed to (1) Texas counties, (2) municipalities, (3) independent school districts, (4) special purpose districts, (5) other local government entities, and (6) utility providers.

The survey will request information specific to emergency communications related to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Imelda, the Odessa shooting, Winter Storm Uri, the Intercontinental Terminals Company Deer Park fire, and the Texas Petrochemicals Group Port Neches plant fire and explosion. The State Auditor’s Office will obtain and summarize the responses received to the statewide survey and that summary analysis will be included in the published report.

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