The City of Killeen Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security coordinates the citywide response to large-scale emergencies and disasters.
The City of Killeen works hard to reduce or eliminate risks to persons or property in case of disaster. At minimum we strive to lessen the potential effects of an incident on our city. A mitigation effort prior to a disaster is the most successful method for lessening losses caused by disasters.
Preparedness can help to reduce the impact of hazards by taking certain deliberate actions before an emergency event occurs. The City of Killeen is at work to improve our response and recovery functions through preparedness activities that include planning, training, exercising and public education.
The City of Killeen Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security works with every City department to prepare for the inevitable disaster before it strikes. We also coordinate with county, state, and national governments to ensure that there is a coordinated network of preparation. Advanced preparation helps improve our city's sustainability during times of adversity' saving lives, property, time, money and resources.
The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security coordinates the City of Killeen's communications and response actions during a disaster or emergency situation. It facilitates this process by implementing emergency and communications plans and activating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC does not dictate what actions the City's first responders and departments will take, but rather provides information and coordination to help manage a complete city-wide response. The utilization of an EOC helps to quickly and effectively prioritize City resources to help save lives and prevent further property and economic losses. First priorities are always Search and rescue operations, treating the injured, reestablishing vital public services, and providing emergency shelter support to protect life and safety.
The goal of recovery is to return the community's systems and activities to normal. Recovery begins right after the emergency. Some recovery activities may be concurrent with response efforts. Recovery is the development, coordination, and execution of service-and site-restoration plans for impacted communities and the reconstitution of government operations and services through individual, private-sector, nongovernmental and public assistance programs.
- City severe weather hotline number: 254-286-2005
- City government access channel: Spectrum Cable Channel 10
- State and regional information hotline: 211
Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your companion animals safe during a disaster. Red Rover has comprehensive information about preparing yourself with your pets.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- 1st Thursday of each month
- 6 p.m.
- Killeen Community Center
2201 E Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Killeen, TX 76541
Killeen has not had many disasters over the years, so you might think that a CERT member would not have much to do, other than attending meetings. But that could not be further from the truth. Bringing it closer to home:
- Fall 2008 Hurricane Ike - evacuees came from Houston and Galveston to Killeen. CERT volunteers assisted in processing displaced individuals and families and assigning temporary shelters.
- Spring 2007 floods - heavy rains saturated the ground. Low lying areas were flooded, people had to evacuate their homes; flooded roads halted traffic. The CERT team could assist in traffic control, searching for people lost in the floods, manning the evacuation shelter.
- During the Luby's shooting on October 16, 1991, CERT members would have been called to render first aid, direct news media traffic, help survivors cope with what they had just experienced.
- During the Jarrell, TX Tornado of May 27, 1997, CERT members would have been called to assist in the clean up.
- During fires or large accidents, we may be called to assist in traffic control, lending a helping hand, or assist in any way we can.
There is so much a CERT member can do to help in their community. Download the CERT Volunteer Application (PDF).
CERT classes provide the knowledge and skills citizen volunteers need to effectively serve their community; efforts to prepare for local emergencies and respond to them are the focus. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are organized, trained and equipped to educate the public regarding emergency preparedness and perform many of the emergency functions needed in the aftermath of a disaster. CERTs coordinate their efforts with, and are intended to supplement the efforts of, a community's professional emergency response staff.
The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire suppression
- Disaster medical operations - Part 1
- Disaster medical operations - Part 2
- Team organization and disaster psychology
- Terrorism and CERT
- Course review and disaster simulation