Emergency Management

Emergency Manager
Derek Duckett
Phone (409) 643-5840
dduckett@texas-city-tx.org

Emergency Notifications

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Emergency Siren System

The Emergency Siren System with 16 sirens alerts the City of Texas City and the City of La Marque to possible dangers. Dangers may be a chemical spill, accidental chemical release, or weather related situations- such as tornados.

When the sirens sound, the public should tune to 530 AM radio for current information on the emergency, or tune to Channel 16 on their cable television stations for the most current information as it becomes available. You may also want to use any major television station in the Houston area for updates. The situation is often fluid and up-to-date information can be obtained by using these stations as they often have live broadcasts of the event.

A telephone ring-down system alerts the public at home with a recorded message of emergencies. Approximately 2,600 homes may be notified in less than ten minutes.

The EOC is activated when the Mayor deems it necessary or a level 3 incident occurs. All necessary resources meet in the EOC to manage resources to assist the public and to manage the situation by deploying personnel to areas that need aid.

Emergency Classification Levels and Responsibilities

There are four levels of incident management and response to industrial accidents that the public should be aware of.

Level I: An incident has occurred and can be controlled by facility personnel. The situation is under control.

Level II: An incident has occurred the situation is not under control but is confined. The incident is confined to a small area or to a fixed-site and does not pose a threat of spreading to a larger area or off-site. The Texas City Fire Department is on site and providing assistance.

Level III: An incident has occurred the situation is not under control and protective action may be necessary for the surrounding or offsite area. Additional IMAS aid may be needed. The EOC is activated, the Siren warning is given to the Public, Channel 16 and Radio Station 530 AM are constantly updated informing the Public of the status of the incident. You may also want to use any major television station in the Houston area for updates. The situation is often fluid and up-to-date information can be obtained by using these stations as they often have live broadcasts of the event.

Level IV: An incident has occurred and the situation is not under control. Actions by more than first responders or facility personnel are necessary. An incident involving a severe hazard or a large area which poses an extreme threat to life and property and will probably require an evacuation; or an incident requiring the expertise and resources of the I.M.A.S., neighboring cities, county, state, federal, or private agencies/organizations.

When you hear the emergency sirens
Go indoors; shut all windows and doors; turn off the air conditioning. Turn on the radio to 530 AM or TV Cable Channel 16 for information. Stay off the telephone. You may also want to use any major television station in the Houston area for updates. The situation is often fluid and up-to-date information can be obtained by using these stations as they often have live broadcasts of the event.

Know the siren signals
High - low - high - low - high - low - high - low - high - low: Go indoors
Single frequency continuous tone: All clear

Siren Tests
Siren tests are performed every Wednesday at noon.