MUDs’ Emergency Planning After Uri and SB 3

MUDs must re-evaluate emergency planning and preparedness. From floods and droughts to freezes and pandemics, water districts have overcome crisis after crisis. Join your fellow directors and our experts for dinner and learn how MUDs can shield their residents from the next emergency.

Schedule of event

6:00 pm – Check in begins
6:30 pm – Dinner served
7:00 pm – Program begins

Guest Speakers

Executive Director


Cost of event


per person for AWBD members;
prior to October 21st deadline


per person for reservations after
October 21st and for non-members


per person for walk-up participants

All reservations are subject to availability. You will receive an event confirmation from the office.



For those who cannot attend the AWBD Fall Seminar in person on Thursday, October 28th  at 6 pm, please join us virtually on Friday, October 29that 1 pm.

Get the same great content and pick your meal (Uber Eats).  AWBD President Ellen Hughes will host both events, and AWBD will have virtual guests to help answer your questions.

Have an emergency?  For those who registered for the live event but can’t make it in person, AWBD will send you a link to the virtual event.

please hurry—prices are going up and seating is limited for live event

Toby Baker

Executive Director


The executive director, who is hired by the commissioners, is responsible for managing the agency’s day-to-day operations.

Prior to Baker’s recent move to executive director, he served as commissioner for TCEQ for 6 years. He along with his two fellow full-time commissioners established overall agency direction and policy and made final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters.

Baker also serves as Governor Abbott’s appointee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, represents Texas as the chair on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team, and serves on the Coastal Land Advisory Board.

Baker was a policy and budget advisor on energy, natural resources and agriculture issues for the Governor’s Office, where he was also the liaison between the office and members of the Legislature, constituents, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the TCEQ, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Animal Health Commission. He is a past natural resource policy advisor to Sen. Craig Estes, and the former director and clerk of the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources.

Baker received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the Texas A&M George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®



W. 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. From 2004 to 2010, Chief Kidd served as City Emergency Manager for the City of San Antonio, where he managed the city’s response to over a dozen state and presidential disaster declarations.

In 1997, Chief Kidd was one of the original members appointed to the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. In 2001, He was the Plans Section Chief that 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).

Chief Kidd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State University, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and two associates’ degrees. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), a Texas Master Firefighter, and holds Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Technician certifications.