On August 10, 1980, Hurricane Allen, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, made landfall on the Texas coast near Port Mansfield. This film, produced by the Division of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Public Safety, documents the actions taken by federal, state, and local government agencies to minimize the damage caused by the storm. The film is compiled of news clips and footage from inside the disaster management center depicting the various individuals and agencies working to evacuate the threatened areas and assisting the citizenry in returning to their damaged properties.
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.