Hello and Welcome to the “Public Works Emergency Response Council”

Updated – 5/15/2022

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Invitation: TEXAS – Public Works Emergency Response Council

We would like to invite you to attend our monthly meetings of the New Public Works Emergency Response Council sponsored by Texas Chapter of APWA via Zoom. The meetings are online, on the last Friday of each month from 12:30 to 1: pm+/-.

Agenda: First 15 minutes is Council introduction, membership, current issues, and general business. The second 15 minutes changes each time between training, SOPs, operational processes, and new requirements.

Hurricane season is coming, amidst a pandemic and other unrest. How do we safely respond? Join us as we discuss those issues and how they affect our Public Works Operations, and Responses.

24 Hour Contact — ON HOLD

Phone#210-944-8401 EXT-214

Email: ChapterAdmin@TxPublicWorks.com


The Texas Chapter of APWA has taken the old emergency management committee and re-adjusted it to this new Texas Public Works Emergence Response Council.

The Council will serve as a Statewide database of response assets available to respond as requested to man-made and natural disasters thru mutual aid. Equipment (mission ready packages), personnel trained, certified and a single contact number with immediate group page.

The Council will provide education/training to its Public Works response teams bi-annually (Feb and June in conjunction with the TX-APWA Public Workshop and the TX-APWA Annual Conference).

The Council will facilitate/organize the set up of additional regional response teams throughout the State


Support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, mutual aid assistance and training for Public Works Agencies

Provide formalized system allowing jurisdictions impacted by disaster to request assistance through a standardized process

Inaugural Council

Chair — Ronnie Bates, Public Works Superintendent, City of Allen

Co-Chair — Pat Hughes, Emergency Management Coordinator City of Sugar Land

Co-Chair — Jason Rivera, Asst. Public Works Director, City of Katy

EM Rep — Misty Gardner, Director of Emergency Management City of Garland

Secretary — Open

Treasurer — Julian Kelly, Water Production Superintendent, City of Pearland

RTL-NCTX — Barry Fulfer, Public Works Task Force NCTX – Stormwater Drainage Operations Supervisor, City of Grand Prairie

RTL-McAllen — Jeff Johnson, Assistant City Manager Emergency Management Coordinator, City of McAllen

Elvira Alonzo McAllen, Public Works Director

RTL – Houston Area – Rob Valenzuela, Director of Public Works, City of Sugar Land

RTL – San Antonio – Bexar county OPEN

RTL – Austin — Mike Bewely, Safety Manager, City of Austin, Public Works Department

Trustee — Education Christian Fredriksen, Public Works EM, City of McKinney

Trustee — Certification – Kristina Ramirez, Planning & Development Director City of Harker Heights

Trustee — TDEM Rep. Kharle Smith, Ken Bell Unit Chief Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Task Force Texas Division of Emergency Management

Trustee — TCEQ Michelle Havelka, TCEQ, Homeland Security Coordinator – Critical Infrastructure Division / Melinda Torres-Alternate

Trustee — Data Base Manager/Asset Manager — Christopher D. Torres – Assistant Director- City of Harlingen, Public Works

Trustee — TEEX – Andrew Wenzel, Program Director – David Spruiell, Training Manager, Texas A&M TEEX

Trustee — Grant Funding Open

Trustee — Advisor – Tom Wendorf, Wendorf Beward & Partners, LLC

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