Public Health Region 8 - Preparedness and Response

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Sammy Sikes
7430 Louis Pasteur Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Fax: 210-949-2054


We are dedicated to mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other public health emergencies in Texas. Our work includes:

  • Prevention
  • Notification/ Public Information
  • Response
  • Re-entry/ restoration of normal societal functions 

Region 8 is located in an area that is prone to many threats, both natural and manmade. These threats cause major concern for the health, safety, and welfare of people who reside here.

region8mapRegion 8’s jurisdiction includes 28 counties of South Texas, including our shared borders with Mexico and the Gulf Coast. Examples of natural threats include:

  • Tornados
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Hurricane Impact
  • Flash Floods
  • Wildland Fires
  • Extreme Heat and Cold Weather
  • Natural Disease Outbreaks

Manmade emergencies may include the following incidents:

  • Mass Casualty Vehicle Collisions
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Nuclear Plant Accidents
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Terrorism
  • Bioterrorism 

    Throughout the state of Texas, Department of State Health Services is charged with the responsibility for assuring that affected people receive the medical support and care they require during public health emergencies such as:

    • Evacuation
    • Alternate Care Facilities
    • Medical Transportation
    • Re-Entry 

    Region 8 staff, trained and equipped to assist local governments and local health departments, have responded to these emergencies that occur not only suddenly but frequently. 

    Region 8 Public Health Preparedness personnel and assets may be assigned to assist other regions in Texas in large scale emergencies. 

    Naturally occurring disease outbreaks may have significant effect on public health. DSHS Region 8 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and our many partners were involved in the response to the H1N1 influenza epidemic. Emergency Preparedness staff assisted with other DSHS staff and local entities by setting up Flu Vaccine Clinics. 

    Family Preparedness 

    It is a critical task for each person and every family to prepare for these emergencies. Region 8 Preparedness encourages you to learn more about preparing yourself and your family for Texas Emergencies.

    Ready or Not?   

    ready-or-not-logoready-or-not-logo_spanHave a Plan is a statewide campaign to help Texans prepare for emergencies. Key to the campaign is an interactive website, and in Spanish, where Texans can create a family emergency plan, build a customized disaster supplies list and get information about the threats we face
    Last updated February 24, 2021