Emergency Management

Mission Statement

Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management (OEM) administers a comprehensive emergency management program, through coordination and collaboration with local stakeholders, the state, and federal government in order to save lives, protect property and safeguard the environment through a risk-based, all-hazard emergency management plan.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for governmental, volunteer, private and non-profit sectors, including businesses, faith-based, access and functional needs organizations, and the general public to work together - as a Whole Community - to create effective plans, acquire necessary resources and adequately train, plan for, respond to, and recover from all-hazard emergencies and disasters.  

Values Statement

The City’s Emergency Management Program has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and follows the National Preparedness Goal’s five mission areas:  Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, Recovery from threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to our community.  The City of Texarkana, Texas - OEM maintains an Advanced Level of Emergency Preparedness through the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM).

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Fire Chief / Emergency Management Coordinator

Chief Chris Black: 903-798-3994
Email Chief Chris Black

Emergency Management Administrative Coordinator

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