Homeland Security

AACOG's Homeland Security Department encourages efficiency in administering federal and state programs, promotes regional cooperation, eliminates service duplication by providing assistance to AACOG’s member jurisdictions, and coordinates training programs related to first responders, homeland security, and emergency preparedness. It provides communities with planning assistance for both natural and man-made disasters by identifying potential safety threats and security weaknesses. Once the threats and weaknesses are identified, Homeland Security assists with developing local emergency management plans that address the designated needs. Proactive emergency planning reduces the likelihood of injuries, loss of life, and property damage during an event.

In July 2012, after three years of collaboration, the Alamo Area Regional Emergency Mitigation Action Plan was approved by the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The partners in this project included eleven of the twelve counties in the Alamo Region – Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson Counties – and the San Antonio River Authority. (Kendall County was excluded because it is assigned to a different emergency preparedness planning region.) Emergency mitigation action plans are updated every five years. However, this is the last time that a regional mitigation plan will be accepted because the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined that a maximum of two counties may collaborate in preparing future emergency mitigation plans.

Establishing interoperable radio communication systems is a primary focus for the Alamo Region. Coordinated communications among first-responders of multiple jurisdictions is fundamental for effectively reacting to emergencies. Integrated communication is also important in performing the most routine and basic job functions on a daily basis. Homeland Security continues to work with law enforcement in all twelve counties of the Alamo Region to develop an integrated statewide public safety communications network that promotes interoperability between first-responders at the local, state, and federal levels.