COMMITTEE: S/C on Flooding & Evacuations

TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PLACE: E1.028 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.




The Senate Subcommittee on Flooding & Evacuations will meet on Wednesday,

July 25th at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Extension Room E1.028. The

Committee will hear invited and public testimony on the following interim



                Investigate and evaluate communication options during evacuations, and make recommendations for legislative action. Focus on:

- non-voice emergency communication;

- "near-term solutions" that can be utilized prior to the implementation of Next Generation 911 technologies;

- the usage of social media to convey official information (highlighting the pros and cons of such forums);

- any other effective forms of communication that have been successfully used by governing and law enforcement entities.


                Examine the current practices Texas uses during evacuations to provide immediate assistance to evacuated residents. Review experiences from other states that experienced heavy flooding during the past year, and make recommendations for best practices from lessons learned in those states.


                Study and make recommendations on options available to local governments for additional drainage infrastructure funding. Additionally, study different methods of drainage infrastructure management used on a statewide basis and identify best practices.



Public testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person.




** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **