Project Impact Background

Lubbock is located in the South Plains of Texas and is the largest city in the West Texas area. The city offers a rich history, dynamic economy, and a unique culture. A thriving city of almost 200,000 people, Lubbock serves as the region's economic, educational, and health care center. Lubbock offers big city amenities, yet maintains an atmosphere of small-town hospitality and West Texas charm. Project Impact activities will include participation from the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, and communities within the unincorporated area of Lubbock County.

Although there are no major rivers within the area, significant drainage problems exist within the city and county, thus creating the need for a multi-million dollar storm water drainage project. Severe weather, including tornadoes, straight winds, hail, lightning, and winter storms are major threats to the community. In addition, Lubbock also serves as a hub for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, which ships all types of hazardous materials.

Domestic preparedness is a major concern for the city and county, and is being addressed in the City Council Goals for 2000. As a result of the Nunn, Luger, Domenici legislation, Lubbock is receiving training for Weapons of Mass Destruction through the Domestic Preparedness Training Program.

Being selected as a Project Impact Community supports the community-wide initiative of becoming disaster resistant. The Goals and Strategies outline the Project Impact program of work as developed by the Project Impact Team. The Goals and Strategies contains the strategic issues, goals and objectives, and strategies needed to support the mission for developing a disaster resistant community.

The Powers and Duties of the Office of Emergency Management shall be as follows*:
  • The development and maintenance in current form of an emergency management plan for the city.
  • The maintenance of necessary liaison and coordination of cooperative activities with other municipal, county, district, regional, state, federal and other civil defense and disaster relief organizations.
  • The drafting, execution and recommendation for adoption by the City Council of any and all mutual aid plans and agreements deemed essential or desirable for the implementation of the city's emergency management plan and coordination of combined area disaster services efforts, including the formation of a county or other joint disaster services council and emergency management plan and the appointment of a disaster coordinator for such joint effort.
  • The surveying of the availability of existing and potential personnel, equipment, supplies, services and facilities for use during an emergency and the procurement and disposition of all necessary equipment, supplies and facilities, including acceptance of private contributions and assistance.
  • The continuing study of emergency management and disaster relief problems for the purpose of amendment and improvement of the emergency management plan and keeping current with all federal and state regulatory and informational requirements.
  • The control and direction of all actual operations and training activities in emergency management and disaster relief.
  • The determination of all questions of authority and responsibility in connection with emergency management and disaster relief.
  • The negotiation and authorization of agreements, subject to the approval of the city council when required, for the use of private property for public shelter or other necessary purposes during the course of an emergency.
  • Acting as a clearing house on emergency management information for all government and private agencies cooperating in the emergency management plan.
  • The maintaining of contact with the Division of Emergency Management of the Office of the Governor, providing prompt and efficient response to all requests and suggestions of the division and other agencies and departments of federal, state and county governments in connection with emergency management and disaster relief.
  • The marshaling, upon the declaration of an emergency as herein provided, of all necessary personnel, equipment and supplies from any department of the city and from private contributors to aid in implementation of the emergency management plan.
*Texas Government Code, Section 418.106