Public Works Emergency Responce Council

 Hello and Welcome to the NEW "Emergence Response Council"

The Texas Chapter of APWA has taken the old emergency management committee and re-adjusted it to this new Texas Public Works Emergence Response Council.

The Council will serve as Statewide data base of response assets, available to respond as requested to man-made and natural disasters thru mutual aid.  Equipment (mission ready packages) Personnel trained, certified and a single contact number with immediate group page

The Council will provide education/training to its public works response teams bi-annually (Feb and June in conjunction with Public WorkShop and Annual Conference). 

The Council will facilitate/organize the set up of additional regional response teams throughout the State


  • Support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, mutual aid assistance and training for Public Works Agencies  

  • Provide formalized system allowing jurisdictions impacted by disaster to request assistance through a standardized process

Inaugural Council

Chair – Ronnie Bates, Community Development, City of Allen

Co-Chair – Pat Hughes, EMC, Assistant Fire Chief, City of Sugar Land

Co-Chair – Jason Rivera, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Katy

EM Rep – Mistie Gardner, EM, City of Richardson

Secretary – Bob Kopp, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Frisco

Treasure – Robert Valenzuela, PE, Director of Public Works, City of Sugar Land

RTL-NCTX – Manny Palacios, Director of Public Works, City of Weatherford

RTL-McAllen – Jeff Johnson, Assistant City Manager, City of McAllen

RTL-Houston – Robert Valenzuela - Houston Area

RTL-Austin – Mike Bewley - City of Austin

RTL-Future – San Antonio -

Trustee – Education -

Trustee – Certification -

Trustee – TDEM Rep – Kharley Smith

Trustee – Database Manager/Asset Manager

Trustee – TEEX’s - Andrew Wenzel

Trustee – Grant Funding - 

Out first inaugural meeting and training sessions will be Feb 10th in Allen Texas.  We will have representatives from Texas Division of Emergence Management and TEEX's

We will also have an equipment showing of grant funded Public Works Emergence Response Equipment from the DFW PWERT.  Check out classes that are listed

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If you would like more information or to sign up for membership with this committee please email (Click Here)


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