Comment on State Emergency Plan

Physicians have until May 9 to comment on the Texas Public Health and Medical Emergency Management 5-Year Strategic Plan 2012-2016 and its companion document, The Tactical Guide, which the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is developing. The plan will guide health and medical communities across Texas in preparing, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies and disasters. 

The draft plan notes that Texas "has a massive infrastructure with considerable vulnerabilities. These include agricultural, oil and natural gas production systems, hospitals, public water systems, nuclear plants, and governmental facilities. Possible threats and disasters capable of impacting public health in Texas include natural disasters, disease outbreaks, radiological accidents, chemical spills, international threats, and terrorist acts."

DSHS says it has received more than $850 million in federal funds to support public health, hospital, and other health care system preparedness efforts in the state.

 Action, May 2, 2011