Ensuring safety

By State Rep. Kevin Bailey

As we pause to look back at September 11th, Texas leaders are continuing to take steps to ensure that we are not as vulnerable to attack as we were in the past.

State Representative Kevin Bailey said, “We must never forget September 11 and the thousands of victims of the senseless terrorist attack on our country.”

He went on to say, “Its important that Texas take an active role in securing the state’s industries arid infrastructure and be prepared to deal with any emergency situation.”

Rep. Bailey said that and local officials need to have the information and resources necessary to respond to threats to public safety. Texas has established a network of systems to deal with emergency situations from years of experience in dealing with natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.

Rep. Bailey said that it is important to ensure that the state’s systems are prepared to deal with the different set of factors that a terrorist threat or emergency presents.

“The House Committee on State Affairs is in the process of gathering information related to the security of state owned buildings and facilities, public and private communication systems and electric generation and transmission facilities,” Bailey said.

According to Bailey, the state is considering implementing a number of ideas to better Texas’ level of preparedness, including establishing a state warning system and developing emergency training for schools in event of a terrorist incident.

Rep. Bailey went on to say that the public needs to be informed on what types of activities to be to be on the look out for in our communities and what actions to take in case of an emergency. Rep. Bailey also said that he supports a proposal establishing a toll-free phone number and email address for Texans to use to assist law enforcement with reports of suspicious activity.

For more information on security or any other issue, Rep. Bailey encourages those interested to call his district office at 281-847-9000 or visit the State of Texas website at www.capitol.state.tx.us.