Fort Bend County : Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response
Overview <ul><li>Fort Bend County </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Ike </li></ul><ul><li>MUD Readiness Program </li></ul><ul><l...
Fort Bend County <ul><li>Quick Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population – 530,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>886 Square Mile...
Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County
Hurricane Ike
9/1/08:  Tropical Depression 9, 35 mph
9/13/08:  Hurricane Ike Hits Galveston
Ike Landfall in Galveston, 110 mph <ul><li>Landfall in Galveston at 0200 on Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>In Fort Bend County...
County Experiences Significant Damage <ul><li>20 homes destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 homes damaged </li></ul><ul><li>1...
County Implements Debris Mgmt Plan <ul><li>750,000 cubic yards of debris </li></ul>
Widespread Electricity Outages <ul><li>67% of electrical services out </li></ul><ul><li>One week later, still 25% of servi...
Fort Bend County MUD Readiness Program
Leadership Leads to Identified Problems <ul><li>Fort Bend County has a sophisticated emergency management system that runs...
What is the County’s MUD Readiness Program? <ul><li>Series of Actions to be Taken by MUDs to be more prepared for Hurrican...
#1: Define Responder Status <ul><li>Local government “Owns” the incident </li></ul><ul><li>MUD responsible for water and s...
#2: Communication Improvements <ul><li>Designate three Key District Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Complete Contact Inf...
#3: NIMS Training <ul><li>Comply with National Incident Management System (NIMS) </li></ul><ul><li>MUDs and County working...
#4: County Emergency Operations 101 <ul><li>2 ½ Hour Session </li></ul><ul><li>Framework of State and County Emergency Mgm...
#5: Sharing of Critical Information <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Service Areas </li></ul><ul><li>SB 361 r...
#6: Annual Preparation Meeting <ul><li>Held annually in May or June </li></ul><ul><li>NWS presentation </li></ul><ul><li>U...
#7: MUD Representation in County EOC <ul><li>Utilities Console Created in EOC </li></ul><ul><li>Will be staffed with repre...
Recognition of MUD Readiness Program Graduates
Senate Bill 361
Collaboration to Meet SB 361 Requirements <ul><li>Fort Bend County coordinating with CenterPoint; MUD Law Firms; and Opera...
Development of Web Based Application <ul><li>Data Collection streamlined through use of web based program to collect criti...
Meeting the Senate Bill 361 Deadlines <ul><li>Before Feb 1 st , County will submit all collected info to CenterPoint </li>...
Thank You <ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>Jeff   D. Braun Emergency Management Coordinator Fort Bend County 307 Fort Street ...
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AWBD Fall Seminar 2009 - Fort Bend County Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response

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Presentation covers Fort Bend County, Hurricane Ike, MUD Readiness Program, Senate Bill 361

Presented Oct 27, 2009

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  • District Contacts :  During Hurricane Ike, it was sometimes difficult for EOC staff to locate the appropriate district personnel when problems occurred.  To remedy this situation, each district in the Program must complete an application form and provide the County EOC with a minimum of three designated District Contacts, with complete contact information, so we have the ability to communicate with knowledgeable district personnel during a crisis.  Some districts and operators have provided more than three.  The development of this network is very important.  Though a seemingly easy thing to do, it is very important— Judge Hebert notes “it is imperative.  We have to bring our utility districts into our management system so we can help them.” 
  • AWBD Fall Seminar 2009 - Fort Bend County Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response

    1. 1. Fort Bend County : Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Fort Bend County </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Ike </li></ul><ul><li>MUD Readiness Program </li></ul><ul><li>Senate Bill 361 </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Fort Bend County <ul><li>Quick Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population – 530,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>886 Square Miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 miles from Gulf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 jurisdictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>120+ Municipal Utility Districts </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Fort Bend County
    5. 5. Fort Bend County
    6. 6. Hurricane Ike
    7. 7. 9/1/08: Tropical Depression 9, 35 mph
    8. 8. 9/13/08: Hurricane Ike Hits Galveston
    9. 9. Ike Landfall in Galveston, 110 mph <ul><li>Landfall in Galveston at 0200 on Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>In Fort Bend County, duration of tropical storm force winds approximately 14 hours </li></ul>
    10. 10. County Experiences Significant Damage <ul><li>20 homes destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 homes damaged </li></ul><ul><li>130,000 homes affected </li></ul><ul><li>3 dead, 8 injured, 4 hospitalized </li></ul>
    11. 11. County Implements Debris Mgmt Plan <ul><li>750,000 cubic yards of debris </li></ul>
    12. 12. Widespread Electricity Outages <ul><li>67% of electrical services out </li></ul><ul><li>One week later, still 25% of services out </li></ul><ul><li>Severe impacts to water and wastewater utilities </li></ul>
    13. 13. Fort Bend County MUD Readiness Program
    14. 14. Leadership Leads to Identified Problems <ul><li>Fort Bend County has a sophisticated emergency management system that runs from the State down to the Counties to the Cities to the Hospitals to the Schools.  During Ike, it did not run down to the Municipal Utility Districts.  It will in Fort Bend County during 2009 when we get to the Hurricane Season. </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Hebert, County Judge </li></ul>
    15. 15. What is the County’s MUD Readiness Program? <ul><li>Series of Actions to be Taken by MUDs to be more prepared for Hurricane Season </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Communication between MUDs and Emergency Management staff </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage MUDs to take responsibility for emergency management activities </li></ul>
    16. 16. #1: Define Responder Status <ul><li>Local government “Owns” the incident </li></ul><ul><li>MUD responsible for water and sewer services before, during, and after a storm; nobody from the County, State, or Federal Govt takes over the services </li></ul>
    17. 17. #2: Communication Improvements <ul><li>Designate three Key District Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Complete Contact Information to County OEM </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Redundant Procedures for Communication </li></ul>
    18. 18. #3: NIMS Training <ul><li>Comply with National Incident Management System (NIMS) </li></ul><ul><li>MUDs and County working off of same playbook </li></ul><ul><li>Key MUD staff required to complete 4 NIMS courses </li></ul>
    19. 19. #4: County Emergency Operations 101 <ul><li>2 ½ Hour Session </li></ul><ul><li>Framework of State and County Emergency Mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Checklist of Emergency Mgmt Issues </li></ul>
    20. 20. #5: Sharing of Critical Information <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Service Areas </li></ul><ul><li>SB 361 requirements will enhance the level of information being collected </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for future sharing of additional information like GIS maps, plans, etc… </li></ul>
    21. 21. #6: Annual Preparation Meeting <ul><li>Held annually in May or June </li></ul><ul><li>NWS presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Updates on Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Resource Request Process </li></ul><ul><li>Review Process for Communications </li></ul>
    22. 22. #7: MUD Representation in County EOC <ul><li>Utilities Console Created in EOC </li></ul><ul><li>Will be staffed with representatives from MUD operating firms </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison to “talk the language of water and wastewater” </li></ul>
    23. 23. Recognition of MUD Readiness Program Graduates
    24. 24. Senate Bill 361
    25. 25. Collaboration to Meet SB 361 Requirements <ul><li>Fort Bend County coordinating with CenterPoint; MUD Law Firms; and Operating Companies to Gather Critical Data </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Redundant Data Collection </li></ul>
    26. 26. Development of Web Based Application <ul><li>Data Collection streamlined through use of web based program to collect critical load info </li></ul><ul><li>Application developed by County Judge’s Office, OEM, and IT Dept </li></ul>
    27. 27. Meeting the Senate Bill 361 Deadlines <ul><li>Before Feb 1 st , County will submit all collected info to CenterPoint </li></ul><ul><li>By May 1 st , CenterPoint will make critical load status determinations </li></ul>
    28. 28. Thank You <ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>Jeff D. Braun Emergency Management Coordinator Fort Bend County 307 Fort Street Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: 281-342-6185 Email: [email_address]

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