District 6 –Leadership Austin Needs

Dee Harrison retired from the State of Texas last year after a career in emergency management for three state agencies and Williamson County.  She has over 15 years of experience working at the local and state levels in emergency management preparedness programs; strategic, operational, and incident planning; threat and hazard identification and risk analysis, disaster response and recovery; and disaster survivor and crime victim programs.  She developed, secured, and monitored disaster and public health grants from local, state, and federal programs; reported to funders on compliance with provisions, deliverables, and budgets; audited local program plans for adherence to state laws and guidelines; managed communications for clear adherence to policies.  Dee has worked with all levels of government officials and community social service providers, including victim service providers, providing technical assistance in the aftermath of emergencies, incidents, and disasters, including natural and mass casualty responses.  She has developed and delivered trainings on emergency preparedness, response, and recovery; self-care; Continuity of Operations; crime victim services; and the impact of trauma and vicarious trauma on crime victims, disaster survivors, and emergency responders. 

Dee earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. Before engaging in emergency management, she worked for 18+ years in community-based corrections at the county and state levels. Dee has extensive experience working with victims and survivors of crime, offenders, and restorative justice initiatives. She is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEMĀ®), a Master Continuity of Operations Practitioner (MCP), and currently serves on the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) Board of Directors and as Treasurer.  She also holds a certification in Infrastructure Protection and is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.  Dee is an instructor for the FEMA Emergency Management Basic Academy, Mental Health First Aid, Psychological First Aid, the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, and numerous federal and state National Incident Management System, Incident Command System, and Continuity of Operations courses.

“It was time for me to step up instead of just ranting and raving to friends and neighbors.”