Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety and Security

The Houston FEB contributes to emergency preparedness of our Federal communities by serving as the hub for information and coordination; facilitates planning and coordination among Federal agencies; and assures community awareness by providing timely and accurate communication of emergency information.

The highest priority for the Houston FEB is to prepare for major emergency events such as natural disasters and potential attacks on the community and federal facilities. The value of having a strong communication network was demonstrated during Hurricane Harvey and received overwhelming positive feedback for the communication network that was well established. The Houston FEB will continue to focus heavily in this area.

The Action Plan for Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety, and Security is:

  • Establish an Emergency Planning Committee
  • Conduct an annual Table Top Exercise—Chaired by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Focus on three distinct time periods: Pre-Event (Contingency), Event (Real Time), and Post-Event (Recovery)
  • Establish and evaluate communication processes
  • Benchmark with other FEBs for best practices in communication strategies

(Below information is some additional information/content from other FEBs.  Please let me know if you want to retain or remove?)

Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety and Security

This committee is responsible for the coordination of emergency preparedness, security and employee safety coordination among the Houston Federal agencies.  There is one sub-group which helps this committee complete its mission:

The Regional COOP Working Group assists with planning of annual interagency emergency exercise as well as provides assistance and up-to-date information for agency COOP plans. The COOP Working Group also insures agencies have adequate Occupant Emergency Plans and assists with communications plans for emergency communication among federal agencies and with state and local officials.

If you would like more information about this committee or would like to become a member, please contact the Houston FEB office at (405) 231-4167.

Hazardous Weather Coordination, Emergency Communication Plan, and Agency Operational Status


State of  Houston

Incident period: April 29, 2019 and continuing

Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 09, 2019


  • FEMA.gov
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Ready.gov
    Ready America, Business and Kids (Prepare. Plan. Stay informed)
  • OPM.gov/Pandemic
    Critical Human Resource issues for a Pandemic Influenza outbreak



The National Weather Service hosts a series of Severe Storm Spotter/Weather Safety training classes. The classes are free and open to everyone.

WHO CAN BE A SPOTTER: To be a spotter, the NWS prefers that you are at least in high school.

Schedule:​ http://www.weather.gov/lsx/schedule

Registration: Registration for the classes is not necessary, unless that is specifically stated in the schedule.



The Interagency Security Committee (ISC) is pleased to present five (5) new independent study courses on the ISC:

1) IS-1170 – Introduction to the Interagency Security Committee (ISC)

Introduces the history of the ISC, its mission, organization, and a basic overview of the ISC Risk Management Process (RMP)

2) IS-1171 – Overview of Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Publications

Discusses the ISC standards, policies, and recommendations that support the RMP

3) IS-1172 – Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities – Facility Security Level (FSL) Determination

Shows the process for determining the Facility Security Level (FSL) for a Federal facility

4) IS-1173 – (FOUO) Levels of Protection (LOP) and Application of the Design-Basis Threat (DBT) Report (U)

Covers the process for determining an appropriate Level of Protection (LOP) and how to apply the Design-Basis Threat (DBT) Report; and

5) IS-1174 – Facility Security Committees (FSCs)

Explains Facility Security Committee operations and decision-making process.

These courses supersede the old IS-890, IS-891, IS-892, and IS-893 ISC courses, which are no longer available.

The new courses are offered free of charge through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute (FEMA/EMI) and are accessible at three locations:

  1. The ISC DHS website;
  2. The ISC HSIN portal; and
  3. FEMA/EMI’s independent study course catalog.

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