Texas Disaster Information System

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Texas Disaster Information System (TDIS)


The Texas General Land Office


Samuel Brody


Wesley Highfield
Russell Blessing


Kelli Weatherman

The cornerstone project for the Institute is the Texas Disaster Information System (TDIS). This project is currently in the building phase, but will be an interactive, analytical, and visual web-based spatial data system designed to support more resilient decision making at the state level.

Primary Goals and Objectives:

The planning and building phase will result in a comprehensive plan for the design, development, and creation of TDIS; a dedicated project management team; and a stakeholder engagement strategy.

  • collect, create, and provide analytical tools, information and data that support disaster resilience efforts for the state of Texas;
  • consolidate data and information spread across a wide array of agencies and systems into one single disaster preparedness resource;
  • use and transform data to better prepare Texans for and mitigate against disasters across the state; and
  • provide reliable and timely insights for a diverse group of stakeholders to make decisions during different stages of disasters.

Steering Committee

Charles Cook
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Jerry Cotter
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forth Worth District

Nick Fang
University of Texas – Arlington

Sam Hermitte
Texas Water Development Board

Jasper Cooke
Texas Division of Emergency Management

Jason Johnson
NOAA/National Weather Service; West Gulf River Forecast Center

Patrick Kerr
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District

Leslie Lenser
Texas A&M University – System

David Mass
Texas General Land Office

Steven Mikulencak
Texas A&M University – AgriLife Extension

Ali Mostafavidarani
Texas A&M University

Michael Ouimet
Texas Division of Emergency Management

Hugh Roberts
Water Institute

Richard Wade
Texas Natural Resources Information System

Larry Weber
University of Iowa

Gordon Wells
University of Texas

Reem Zoun
Texas Water Development Board

TDIS Director

Kelli Weatherman
Director of Strategic Services

Implementation Team

Srinivas Dharmadhikari
Project Manager

Robert X Sebastian
Cloud Architect

Gayatri Kesavamurthy
Geospatial Architect

Murli Manickam
Data Officer

Suzanne Pierce
Data Services Lead

Brent Porter
Database Engineer

Naveen Ragamoini
Data Engineer

Jeff Reichman

Anto Thomas
Data Platform Engineer

Akhil Veerabareddy
Data Engineer

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