City of Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management

City of Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management The Texarkana 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...

The City of Texarkana, Texas
05/19/2020
The City of Texarkana, Texas

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Today, Governor Abbott announced the second phase of Reopen Texas and provided an updated list of what types of businesses and activities can resume and when:

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▪️Gyms, exercise facilities (previously announced May 5)
▪️Hair salons, barbershops (previously announced May 5)
▪️Non-essential manufacturers and other offices (previously announced May 5)
▪️NEW - Massage and personal care businesses (includes tattoo and piercing studios, laser hair removal, hair loss treatment)
▪️NEW – Child care centers
▪️NEW – Youth clubs (YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.)

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▪️Restaurants at 50 percent capacity
▪️Bars, tasting rooms, and similar establishments at 25 percent capacity
▪️Bowling alleys, Bingo halls, skating rinks, and simulcasting
▪️Rodeo, equestrian events

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▪️Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns

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▪️Professional sports without in-person spectators
▪️Day/overnight youth camps
▪️Youth sports may begin practicing

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▪️School districts can hold summer school if following social distancing guidelines
For complete guidelines and information about upcoming reopening announcements, please visit https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

05/16/2020
KSLA News 12

Take cover! Stay tuned to the weather updates thru local media outlets!

JUST IN: This video shot near Lake Wright Patman just came into our newsroom. STAY SAFE! (Source: Texas Wildlife & Fisheries)

The City of Texarkana, Texas
05/12/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Another round of no-cost COVID testing will be provided in Bowie County this Friday. You'll need to register for an appointment, but the state's appointment desk won't open up scheduling for the Bowie County site until Thursday. Mark your calendars!

05/05/2020
The City of Texarkana, Texas

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Gov. Abbott this afternoon provided another update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and the next phase of re-openings. Here are the highlights:

- Effective Friday, May 8: Cosmetology salons — hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons and barber shops — will be allowed to open with restrictions, including one customer per stylist and appropriate social distancing. The governor also strongly recommended masks for both stylists and customers, and using a reservation system to avoid grouping of walk-ins in waiting areas

- Effective Monday, May 18: Gyms and exercise facilities will be able to reopen with 25% capacity. Initial restrictions will include showers and locker rooms remaining closed, requirements for customers to wear gloves covering their whole hand, and the disinfection of all equipment after each use. Distancing will of course be required as well, and any equipment brought in (such as a yoga mat), must be disinfected before and after use.

- Non-essential manufacturing and other offices will be welcome to reopen Monday, May 18 to the greater of the following: five employees, or 25% of their workforce, provided that social distancing can be maintained

- Guidelines are still being worked out for bars, and the governor has requested that owners reach out to provide feedback

- Weddings, funerals, memorials and burials may now take place with the same regulations as religious services for a seated arrangement, with receptions following the regulations of restaurants

Gov. Abbott also reaffirmed that while outdoor seating areas at restaurants do not have the same 25% capacity restrictions as indoor spaces, other regulations such as spacing between tables still apply.

Similarly, he clarified that regulations currently applied to state parks also apply to the state’s beaches, lakes and rivers, including river rafting; those restrictions include maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and having no more than 5 in a group unless your party are all members of your household.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
05/04/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

No-cost COVID 19 testing will be offered in Texarkana, Texas and New Boston, Texas on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. An appointment is required.

To register for an appointment, call 512-883-2400 or visit https://txcovidtest.org/. To be tested, a patient must be experiencing one of the following symptoms: Fever and/or chills, Cough (Dry or Productive), Fatigue, Body aches/muscle or joint pain, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Headaches, Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea, Nasal Congestion, or Loss of Taste and/or Smell.

Testing locations will be at 4102 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, Texas (the old Excel ER location) and #1 Trail Head Park Plaza in New Boston, Texas (the Pavilion at Trail Head Park just west of the Three Bostons' Museum).

04/29/2020

The Outdoor Siren 🚨 test will occur today.

Office of the Governor Greg Abbott
04/29/2020
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Employers: Have questions about steps to safely open your restaurant, retail store or single-person office?

See checklists here ↓

#TexasBizStrong #OpenTexasStrikeForce

Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

#WeatherReadyTexarkana
04/28/2020

#WeatherReadyTexarkana

We will conduct a Facebook Live today at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the next round of thunderstorms that could bring severe weather and flooding to the area tonight. #ARwx #LAwx #OKwx #TXwx

To stream this Facebook Live, visit:
www.facebook.com/NWSShreveport

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/27/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

A quick guide to what's changing in the next few days:

Tune in tonight and become #WeatherReady with the US National Weather Service Shreveport Louisiana.
04/21/2020

Tune in tonight and become #WeatherReady with the US National Weather Service Shreveport Louisiana.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for positive cases in Bowie County. We don't have complete information on those cas...
04/17/2020

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for positive cases in Bowie County. We don't have complete information on those cases where people have recovered or are hospitalized, so we didn't included it. However, we know that there are some cases that fall into these categories.

Please keep in mind that the inmates at the Telford Unit that have tested positive are not included in our numbers. If you are interested in that information, you can find it at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website.

There was a question before about the apparent discrepancy between the numbers we have been providing and those that you can see on the Texas Health and Human Services website. Our local Emergency Operations Center is working with healthcare providers and private testing centers, so positive cases are usually identified here at the same time that the state is notified. We have found that there is often a delay in posting that information to the state's website. That said, the case count that you're getting from us is the most up-to-date and accurate that anyone has. We hope that this clears up any confusion that there's been on that.

Go check out www.coronatxk.org anytime for the most recent numbers and all kinds of COVID-19 information about what's happening here in our community.

#coronavirus

04/15/2020

The Outdoor Siren 🚨 test will occur today.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/15/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

The Salvation Army has been serving the community of Texarkana for 127 years, operating a first class shelter, Boys and Girls Club, food pantry and a case managed social services financial assistance program.

The Salvation Army also Provides Emergency Services, and recently has received many requests for food. To answer this call, the Salvation Army is opening a “Neighbor to Neighbor” drive thru donation intake / distribution center. This center will open this Friday and stay open as long as there is community support and a strong need. The center will be located at the Family Store at 420 Walton Dr. Texarkana, Texas. Please note: The store will NOT be open for business.

Those who are in need of food should call 870-774-2701. Some contact information will be required for participation, and a day/time to pick up food will be assigned.

There will be no long lines of traffic interfering with the traffic flow on Walton Street. Upon arrival at the distribution location, the person receiving the food box will provide a claim number provided to them at the time of registration. Recipients will not leave their vehicles, but the boxes will be loaded into the vehicle's trunk.

Be prepared for hazardous weather year-round by attending today's virtual Skywarn Spotter Training session by the U.S. N...
04/14/2020

Be prepared for hazardous weather year-round by attending today's virtual Skywarn Spotter Training session by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) - Shreveport at 10 a.m.
#WeatherReadyNation

Please join us today at 10:00 a.m. for a virtual Skywarn Spotter Training session. To attend and become certified, you must register before the training starts at: http://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1186838545699216140

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/13/2020
The City of Texarkana, Texas

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Looking for more COVID-19 information? Your Texarkana Chamber of Commerce has done an awesome job gathering resources for small businesses, remote working tools, local businesses services and operations and more. Thanks, Chamber! 👏👏👏Check it out: https://www.texarkana.org/covid19

04/13/2020
The City of Texarkana, Texas

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Thank you, Farmers Bank & Trust for your support of the Emergency Operations Center. We are thankful for partners like you!

Latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bowie County is 41. There have been 5 deaths. Please continue to practice s...
04/10/2020

Latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bowie County is 41. There have been 5 deaths.

Please continue to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

#stayhometexarkana
#flattenthecurve

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/10/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

A BIG thank you to NETRAC (the Northeast Texas Advisory Council) for the much needed donation of hand sanitizer to our region. This will help keep all the first responders, including dispatchers, safe as they respond to the needs of our community. They donated (6) 5 gallon buckets, (2) 1 gallon jugs, and 2 small bottles, along with some thermometers.

https://www.netrac.org/

THANK YOU!

04/09/2020
Texas Department of State Health Services

#StayHomeTexas

Did you know a cough or sneeze can launch germs up to 6 feet? Social distancing slows the spread of COVID-19 by limiting people from coming within 6 feet of each other.

🔊 sound up to hear our friendly longhorn's advice on what to do if you're standing or sitting too close to someone.

#StayHomeTexas
More COVID-19 advice: dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/08/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Live Press Conference today with Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell, Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks, Mayor Bob Bruggeman, Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Schlotter, and Local Health Authority Dr. Matt Young. Come back at 2pm to tune in!

04/08/2020

The Outdoor Siren 🚨 test will occur today at noon.

There's a lot of information going around right now about the COVID-19 virus.  Unfortunately, not everything you're prob...
04/07/2020

There's a lot of information going around right now about the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, not everything you're probably seeing on social media and hearing from your friends is accurate. These are some reputable sites from which you can know you're getting the your information directly from those that really know. Take a minute to check them out and follow them while you're there to get regular updates.

In addition to these federal and state sites, you can also find the most up-to-date information about exactly what's happening right here in Texarkana at www.coronatxk.org. Of course, we are regularly posting information here on our page too.

#stayhometexarkana
#coronavirus

04/06/2020
How to Make Your own Face Covering

The newest recommendation is that we should all wear a face covering anytime we go out of our homes. However, we all know that masks are almost impossible hard to come by right now. Fortunately, most of us don't really need one of those fancy masks for what we do - just something to block the virus from getting to our mouth and nose.

You can actually make an effective face covering yourself with two common things that you probably have around your home. Here are the simple instructions.

#stayhometexarkana
#stopthespread

Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with ou...

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/06/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Thanks to the Texarkana Gazette for helping us get this messaging out, and to Dr. Matt Young for his leadership and guidance. We WILL get through this together.

It's all about perspective :)#StayHomeStopTheSpreadSaveLives
04/04/2020

It's all about perspective :)
#StayHomeStopTheSpreadSaveLives

Staying at home is the most aggressive weapon we have to fight this virus. If you want to help the community but not sure how, this is all you need to do! Please share so OEM can see how far this message travels.

As if we all don't have enough to worry about with everything that's going on with the COVID-19 virus, there's already b...
04/03/2020

As if we all don't have enough to worry about with everything that's going on with the COVID-19 virus, there's already been a lot of online scams crop up that are trying to exploit that fear. Well, we all knew it was gonna happen... Criminals just can't pass up an opportunity to try to steal your money or personal information.

As a general rule, NEVER click on any link that you receive in a text or email unless you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it came from a legitimate source. Doing so, will likely result in your personal information being compromised or it might even load malicious software directly on your device.

Here are some great recommendations to help keep your from falling victim to these scams:

* Go directly to a trustworthy website for information rather than clicking on email attachments, links, or pop-ups.

* Double check a website address before you type it in as scammers typically alter URLs slightly so they closely resemble a legitimate URL.

* Do not enter your user name and password information into websites that do not typically ask for it.

* Use multi-factor authentication whenever you have the opportunity.

* Change your passwords often. Use complex passwords and different ones for different services.

* Check spelling and grammatical errors within the content of emails and suspicious websites.

* Report any phishing email attempts to the FBI at www.ic3.gov.

* Be wary of personal testimonials and "miracle" product claims. Report potential scams to the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us.

* Contact the police department if someone claims to be from the CDC or other legitimate health agency and wants access to your home or business.

Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encourag...
04/03/2020
COVID-19 Resources Employers | Texas Workforce Commission

Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encouraged apply for unemployment benefits online or call 1-800-939-6631. Employers can also utilize online filing for mass claims they file on behalf of employee groups laid off due to COVID-19.

Having trouble filing an unemployment claim online? The Unemployment Benefit System online portal is available 24 hours a day but is experiencing a high volume of visitors. There is a lower volume on the online portal between 10:00p.m. and 8 a.m. Try back during those hours to file your claim or check the status of your claim.

https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers

Due to COVID-19, the due date for the 1st Quarter 2020 tax reports and payments is extended to May 15, 2020. You may begin filing after April 15, 2020.

04/02/2020

Thank you Red River Credit Union for your generous contribution to support our Emergency Operations Center responding to this COVID-19 public health crisis. We appreciate you!

04/01/2020

No Outdoor Siren 🚨 test will occur today.

If you don't have to be out, please stay home. 😎#flattenthecurve
03/31/2020

If you don't have to be out, please stay home. 😎

#flattenthecurve

GA-14 Essential Services Designation – TDEM
03/31/2020
GA-14 Essential Services Designation – TDEM

GA-14 Essential Services Designation – TDEM

GA-14 Essential Services Designation For the purposes of Texas Executive Order GA-14 the following are considered “Essential Services”: ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE CISA Identification of Essential Critical Infrastruc...

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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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Siren test today? It’s six after noon and I haven’t heard anything from the train station.