A Look at Our Emergency Operations

Unlike many storms, Harvey was fast forming and difficult to predict. With many forecasts pointing to the hurricane hitting the Rio Grande Valley, BPUB needed to be prepared and act fast. The Rio Grande Valley narrowly missed being hit by Hurricane Harvey, but BPUB was already making preparations in case the storm made direct contact. So what’s done in a situation like this?

Using Incident Command for Business

When BPUB activates its General Emergency Plan, the company responds according to plans established by FEMA which include the Incident Command System (ICS), the standard for emergency management by all public agencies in the United States for both planned and emergency events. This organizes personnel under one leader toward a common task, improving communication and ensuring a more organized response. That may expand or contract based on the magnitude of the incident, a hallmark of ICS. Businesses with organized emergency response teams that interface with public emergency services can benefit from using the ICS. ICS is also well suited for managing disruptions of business operations. Public information and crisis communications are an integral part of the ICS structure.

BPUB Deactivates General Emergency Plan

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Manager and CEO John S. Bruciak deactivated the General Emergency Plan on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. as Hurricane Harvey bypassed Brownsville and is projected to make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast.

BPUB Activates General Emergency Plan

With the threat of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on or near Brownsville, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Emergency Management Plan has been activated, effective Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Public provides input on Resaca Restoration Project at meeting

The Resaca Restoration Project began in 2013 with four sites, and BPUB succeeded in dredging each of those spots. Now with the cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), BPUB is looking at what is coming next for the ambitious, long-term project. To help determine that, BPUB and the USACE held a meeting seeking public comment(s). BPUB and USACE held the meeting June 14 at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion. The public.. Read More

Water/Wastewater tour at BPUB draws in participants

Water is so crucial to everyday life, yet so few people get the chance to see how that water is delivered. BPUB gave a busload of people the chance to observe how Brownsville’s drinking water is treated along with even more sights, sounds and smells. The event showcased the full water treatment process, starting from the very beginning at the river intake for the Rio Grande and BPUB’s reservoirs. The tour ended at.. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About BPUB

How much are board members paid? How are they chosen? All board members, with the exception of the mayor, are appointed by city commissioners to serve four-year terms. After serving a four-year term, the board member is eligible to be reappointed for one additional four-year term but no more. This appointment is voluntary, and board members receive no financial compensation for the time they spend. Board members serve because they would like to.. Read More