The Homeland Security Department for the Middle Rio Grande Development Council provides assistance to local city and county governments in the areas of interoperable communications and response to disasters within the jurisdictional boundaries of the COG.
Staff provides workshops for local emergency management coordinators in conjunction with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, (TDEM). These workshops provide support for the updating and development of local emergency management plans, as well as providing instruction on the updating of emergency plan annexes that reside within each plan. Local and Regional workshops, training, and exercises can also be provided across the region in cooperation with TDEM to support local responders continuing education, as well as providing elected officials workshops which outline their roles and responsibilities as elected officials regarding emergency management in the State of Texas.
The MRGDC Regional Trunked Radio System is regarded as the flagship system for first responder communications along the Texas/ Mexico Border. Covering over 32,000 square miles of coverage along the border between Sanderson, and Zapata, Texas, this system was the first tangible, operational P25 VHF trunked system put in place along the border area. This system supports over 3,000 local, state, and federal responders, and covers over 408 linear miles of the border in its operational footprint. The COG maintains the Infrastructure, and has provided subscriber radio units, as well as encryption capability to agencies all across the region. Also provided is a regional law enforcement records management system, which allows users to share, collect, and manage process records collected and utilized from the field in their day to day operations of law enforcement activities.
Staff also provides technical support, radio programming and day to day oversight of the radio system for those users of the system on a daily basis. This staff is based in Uvalde, Texas at our Workforce Center, located at 216 W. Main St.
Regional response support is also provided through the use and deployment of three Incident Command Platforms stationed across the region for use by first responders as a Command and Control element, an Incident Command location, as a functional emergency operations center, and or a communications platform for multiple response coordination. These assets can be requested through the local emergency management coordinator, through an elected official, Sheriff, or Police Chief as required to the Homeland Security Director of the COG. Staff works closely with DPS and regional District Coordinators in the deployment and activation of these resources as needed. These platforms can be utilized for planned events for coordination of on-scene law enforcement communications also, and go through the same process for deployment.
For inquiries regarding Homeland Security activities, please contact:
Stephen Tice, Homeland Security Director. Office phone number is: 830-876-3533.
Lydia, Seiple, Secretary direct line: 830-876-1263. Email address is: Lydia.Seiple@mrgdc.org
For programming, operations, or infrastructure of the Regional P25 Trunked Radio system, please contact:
Lee Stanphill, Communications Specialist: 830-278-4491. Email address is: Lee.Stanphill@mrgdc.org
Jimmy Calliham, Communications Specialist: 830-278-4491. Email address is: Jimmy. Calliham@mrgdc.org