Communications Department
14705 Woodforest Blvd., Houston, TX 77015

October 28, 2011
CONTACT: Jonathan Frey
(832) 386-1231

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
Grant Helps Galena Park ISD Become Even Safer

        Galena Park ISD has been named one of four recipients in the nation for the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Grant. The grant, worth over $300,000 will enable Galena Park ISD to enhance emergency preparedness and further implement the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) by providing quality training to district and campus leaders. Additionally, the District will also be able to review and revise it’s emergency operations plans and conduct building and facilities audits and other vulnerability assessments. The grant allows Galena Park ISD to improve the safety and security of students, faculty and staff. It also makes possible more efficient communication between security personnel, administrators, campuses, first responders, and parents.

        In order to qualify for the REMS Grant, Galena Park ISD had to show a measure of proficiency in emergency management procedures and communications. Fortunately, GPISD has long established relationships with the community, cities, and law enforcement entities that service the areas encompassed by Galena Park ISD. These partnerships result in an alliance where all entities work together to create a safe environment for everyone. That longstanding commitment to the safety of the students and community was essential in obtaining the funding.

Readiness and Emergency Management

The GPISD Emergency Management Team is proud to accept the REMS Grant as a result of their hard work and dedication to Safe Schools. Pictured (l/r): Bryan Clements – Galena Park ISD Chief of Police; Dr. Angi Williams – Interim Superintendent; Dr. Cheryl Vital – Director of Security, Emergency Management and Foundations; Tony Mayeux – Director of Foundations and Safe and Civil Schools.