W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®
chief, texas division of emergency management
Nim Kidd serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Chair of the Texas Emergency Management Council, and is the Vice Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System for Disaster and Emergency Services. He is responsible for the State’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities for all natural and human caused disasters.
Prior to serving with TDEM, Chief Kidd was appointed to the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD), where he promoted from Firefighter, to Fire Engineer, to Lieutenant in charge of the SAFD Technical Rescue Team and Captain of the SAFD Hazardous Materials Response Team, then to District Fire Chief and City Emergency Manager.
He was appointed to the Texas and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Texas Task Force 1 in 1997, and responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Chief Kidd currently serves as Chair for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).