Number and percentage of partner safety agencies and organizations participating in local and regional emergency exercises
The City of Austin's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) serves as the coordinating focal point for preparedness, response, recovery, and education in an emergency or disaster that disrupts the community. Carrying out this task requires this office to ensure all City departments and partner agencies in the region are prepared to respond to a disaster and ready to work together. Each year we want to ensure that we are providing training to these agencies to help us be a more disaster prepared and resilient community.
Our target for this metric is to have 67% of partner agencies participate in training or exercises with our office. In 2018 we identified 98 agencies we consider partners, 100 in 2019, 101 in 2020, 103 in 2021, and 111 in 2022. Of the 111 partner agencies we have engaged 104 in trainings and exercises, for a 94% engagement rate. These agencies include other City of Austin departments, other governments in the region, school districts, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations that are active in disasters. In all the years we have been measuring this data we have met our target of providing training or having partner agencies participating in exercises.
For 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 we met our goal. For 2022, the majority of our partners worked with us during Winter Storm Brandon, the Boil Water Notice, the Spring Festival Season, and continued to work with us to respond to COVID-19 and Monkey Pox. In addition, we engaged with new Federal agencies, as well as local, regional, and state partners to conduct full scale exercise named Cobalt Magnet 22.
Additional Measure Insights
Each year HSEM provides training an exercise opportunities on a variety of hazards in the community to City of Austin Departments, other local governments agencies, school districts, state partners, NGOs, and other organizations that help during disasters. This metric also includes disasters we have responded to in the community. The State of Texas considers an emergency operations center activation as a training for their metrics and we do as well. This means that in 2022, all agencies that responded to any incident, like the Colorado River Flood and/or the boil water notice, are considered to have participated in training or exercises with us.
Measure Details and Definition
1) Definition: This measure is how many partner agencies participated in a training or exercise event sponsored by our office during a calendar year.
2) Calculation method: We identify the numbers partners and take a county of how many participated in training or exercise and divide it by the total number of partner agencies.
3) Data Collection Process: [We are required by the State of Texas to maintain records for all training and exercises we provide. We collect information on all participants at each event to determine if they engaged with us during a given year.
4) Measure Target Calculation: The target was determined by HSEM staff based on previous years engagement by partners being lower than 67% and wanting to improve the number of partner agencies we work with each year.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: Annually (Calendar Year)
Date page was last updated: October 2020