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City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management

City-wide Emergency Preparedness Exercise responding to a simulated aircraft accident at Abilene Regional Airport

Mission Statement

To protect lives and save property by preparing the city for disaster responses, increasing training opportunities, and continuing the process of making the community disaster resistant by ensuring a high level of readiness for emergency or disaster response for the City of Abilene and Taylor County.


The City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management develops, maintains, and implements a local community plan for mitigating, managing, and recovering from major emergencies and disasters.  The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is consistent with, and complements a comprehensive emergency management system for the state of Texas and the United States.  Mission accomplishment will reduce the vulnerability of our citizens to injury and loss of life, and lessen the loss of property and damage to the city.  This can be achieved by providing a system for the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from natural or man-made hazards, and terrorist threats.

Emergency Supply Kit

Prepare for crisis situations before they occur.  Your family should have an emergency supply kit on hand, with supplies kept in water resistant, easy-to-lift containers that can be moved rapidly if necessary.  This suggested supply kit is appropriate for severe weather events as well as other emergencies.

The kit should include:

  • First-aid kit
  • Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
  • Road maps
  • Battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries
  • Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water** per person per day, coolers for food and ice storage
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing
  • Extra medications and prescriptions, hearing aids and special medical items
  • Eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Toilet paper, clean-up supplies, duct tape, tarp, rope
  • Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables
  • Special supplies needed for babies, older adults or pets

**Remember to change perishable supplies and water every six months.

Office of Emergency Management Staff

Jim Bryan
Emergency Management Coordinator
(325) 676-6683

Barbara Boen
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
(325) 676-6525

Local Emergency Management

The Mayor of each incorporated municipality and the County Judge of each county is designated as the Emergency Management Director for each such political subdivision. As the Governor’s designated agents, the Mayor and County Judge may exercise the powers, on an appropriate local scale, granted the Governor by the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.

The Mayor and County Judge may designate an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to serve as an assistant to the presiding officer of the political subdivision for emergency management purposes. Political subdivisions may establish inter-jurisdictional agreements to manage and mutually benefit from local emergency management programs (Abilene & Taylor County, 1994).

Federal dollars routed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by DEM under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) are received locally (typically $60,000 annually) to help offset program costs.

Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Only electronic copies of emergency plans submitted to City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management will be accepted. Please send plans to