Emergency Planning


Domestic terrorists bomb the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Two heavily armed students shoot and kill dozens of people at Columbine High School. Planes hijacked by international terrorists fly into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and, thanks to the heroic efforts of some of the passengers on board, a field in Pennsylvania. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravage the Gulf Coast. A tornado wipes most of Greensburg, Kansas off the map. Catastrophic floods ravage Cooke and Grayson Counties, killing five people and destroying hundreds of properties at the cost of millions of dollars. A bus skids off the US Highway 75 overpass, crashes through the guardrail, leaving seventeen people dead and many more injured.

Preparing for Emergencies

Events like these make us all aware of how important it is to plan for emergencies, both to prevent them when possible and to respond to them when they happen despite our best prevention efforts. TCOG’s Emergency Planning Program works closely with the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management, regional first responders, and policymakers to develop and maintain both a regional response plan and a catastrophic communications plan.

Additional Services

TCOG staff is also responsible for administering the grant process for the Governor’s Office homeland security funds.

Program Related News

    • Jason P. Brinkley, Chairman, County Judge, Cooke County
  • Lloyd Plyler, Vice Chairman, Mayor, City of Sherman
      • Bill Magers, County Judge, Grayson County
      • Chris Hughes, EMC, Bonham Police Department
      • Creta Carter, County Judge, Fannin County
      • Darrell Brewer, Emergency Management Coordinator, Fannin County
      • Jared Johnson, Mayor, City of Denison
      • Jim Goldsworthy, Mayor, City of Gainesville
      • Moises Duran, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Sherman
      • Morgan Metcalf, EMC, City of Denison
      • Ray Fletcher, Emergency Management Coordinator, Cooke County
      • Roy Floyd, Mayor, City of Bonham
      • Sarah Somers, Emergency Management Coordinator, Grayson County
      • Wally Cox, Fire Chief, City of Gainesville