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Exercise Unit

The Texas Division of Emergency Management, Exercise Unit provides direct support to local jurisdictions, regional and state agencies, tribal nations, and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to design, conduct and evaluate preparedness exercises at all levels.  The Unit’s Exercise Coordinators assist in monitoring local emergency exercise compliance with Emergency Management Program Grant requirements.

Exercise Unit Mission
Our mission is to serve and assist
Texas communities and state agencies
by implementing a self-sustaining exercise program,
thereby enhancing their ability to prevent,
respond to and recover from disasters.

Unit Staff

While our Exercise Coordinators serve the entire State of Texas, they specialize in the following regions. Please contact us with any questions.


Exercise Coordinator - North and Southeast Texas Regions

(Formerly DPS Regions 1 and 2)


Exercise Coordinator - South and Central Texas Regions and the Capitol Region

(Formerly DPS Regions 3, 6 and 7)


Exercise Coordinator - West and Northwest Texas Regions

(Formerly DPS Regions 4 and 5)

Program Supervisor
Sabine Gumm
C: (512) 221-4539
O: (512) 424-2447

Unit Email 

Exercise Unit Updates

New Texas Recovery Housing Seminar for EMPG-funded Jurisdictions

TDEM in coordination with the Texas General Land Office has developed this seminar for jurisdictions being able to meet the FY-2019 EMPG requirement to exercise the Housing Core Capability. Jurisdictions can access and conduct the specifically developed Recovery Housing Seminar.

In order to receive the 2019 housing exercise credit, please conduct this seminar locally. Invite local government representatives, housing authorities, volunteer agencies and any other group involved in recovery housing. This will vary from community to community.

Conduct the seminar and hold a follow-up discussion. We created a Seminar Summary Report template that can be used to guide the discussion. Fill in the report and submit it to the Exercise Unit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Exercise Resources

Information about the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX)


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