To further improve public access to disaster response information and assistance resources, the Texas legislature directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to develop and deploy a Disaster Web Portal in accordance with H.B. 2325 Sec. 418.057 which requires the web portal to:
(1) provide disaster information to the public, including information on programs and services available to disaster victims and funding for and expenditures of disaster assistance programs
(2) include information on disaster response and recovery activities
(3) provide information on obtaining assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state agencies, organized volunteer groups, and any other entities providing disaster assistance
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates state emergency management programs that are intended to ensure the state and local government entities respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters. TDEM develops and maintains extensive Crisis Information Management capabilities that are used by state and local jurisdictions to coordinate response and recovery efforts. However, enabling more robust and easily accessible access to disaster information and resources for individual citizens is the objective of this legislation and resulting project.