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Hurricane Decision

Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center

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  •  For 20 years, Dr. Neil Frank, Ph.D. was chief meteorologist at Houton's CBS affiliate, KHOU-TV. Before joining KHOU, he served as director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami between the years 1974 - 1987. 
 
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Produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Weather Service, this film provides a glimpse into efforts by the officials at the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center in Miami to track hurricanes and provide warnings to coastal residents. Through the use of satellite imagery, NOAA reconnaissance flights, and radar technology, officials are able to track a hurricane from its birth to landfall and warn citizens to make preparations or evacuate their homes.

Established by the Texas Legislature on August 10, 1935, the Texas Department of Public Safety was created by the consolidation of the Texas Highway Motor Patrol with the Texas Rangers. Since that time, its duties have grown to include such activities as the state licensing of drivers, vehicle inspection, narcotics enforcement, and the State Civil Defense Office, (now the Division of Emergency Management,) which aids local governments during times of natural disaster or social upheaval. While its duties have evolved over time, the mission of the DPS has remained constant - to provide public safety services to those people in the state of Texas by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public, and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.