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New Disaster Preparedness and Recovery eBooks

Date: August 13th, 2013

Source:  Texas Extension Disaster Education Network, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Download these eBooks to your mobile device, tablet or eReader before a disaster happens.

1. How to Maintain Health During Emergency Situations

Emergency situations and disasters can take a toll on your health. Prepare for your health needs in advance by following these easy tips.

2. Disaster Recovery Resources Available to You

When disaster strikes an area, the services that assist the population can be affected. Know what resources are available to you so you can recover from the adverse circumstances you are facing.

3. Make a Grab-and-Go-Kit

Make a grab-and-go kit so basic items can be accessed easily before a disaster strikes. You can use a backpack or suitcase to carry your kit. Gather the following items on the list to form your kit.

4. Manage Stress During Disasters

Stress is a normal part of everyday life, but it can worsen when a disaster happens in your area. Increased stress can negatively affect preexisting health conditions. Learn to manage daily stress before a disaster occurs to reduce its impact on your health.

5. Organize Medications Before a Disaster

Prepare in advance so you will have needed medications if your neighborhood is affected by a disaster.

6. Return to Normal After a Disaster

Returning to normal after a disaster may pose problems for you and your family. Keep your health a priority.

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2013 Hurricane Preparedness Resources

Date: July 26th, 2013

Source:  Texas EDEN

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, we are reminded that the 2013 hurricane season is upon us.

Take the time now to prepare for a hurricane.

Use the fact sheets and eBook resources found on the Texas EDEN Hurricane page to prepare.

Bookmark the page for future disaster recovery efforts.

View Texas EDEN Hurricane Preparedness Resources

View Texas EDEN Disaster Recovery Resources


Summer Fire Safety

Date: July 23rd, 2013

Source:  U.S. Fire Administration

Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

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Extreme Heat

Date: July 19th, 2013

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods combined.

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View Texas EDEN Heat Wave Information


West Nile Virus in Texas 2013

Date: June 17th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services

View Current Case Counts and Other Data by Map.

West Nile Virus in Texas

2013 West Nile Virus Maps

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West Nile Virus


Insurance Is Key to Disaster Preparation

Date: June 14th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of Insurance

With the official start of hurricane season on June 1 and an already active spring storm season, the Texas Department of Insurance encourages you to review your homeowner’s insurance to make sure you and your loved ones are financially protected from a disaster.  Follow these steps to make sure you’re ready.

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More Texas EDEN Resources:

Disaster Preparedness Resources

Preparedness & Recovery App

Safe Rooms for Texas Storms

Date: June 12th, 2013

Source:  NOAA.gov

Most people know that properly designed and constructed, tornado safe rooms can provide the ultimate life safety refuge when severe winds from thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes strike. However, many people may not know that safe rooms can serve dual purposes and prove useful in a number of other ordinary ways throughout the year when the weather is just fine.

View Safe Room Website

View Cost Calculator & Plans

Tornado Safe Room Rebate (TX DPS)

More from Texas EDEN:

Disaster Preparedness Resources

Disaster Recovery Resources

Hurricane Resources

Thunderstorms & Hail



Hurricane Awareness Week is May 26 – June 1

Date: May 28th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services

Hurricane Awareness Week is May 26 to June 1. Use these downloadable resources in your public awareness activities:

Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare Video

Show the video series at any event where people gather. It shows people why and how to create an emergency plan. See the videos here. Download them here.

Emergency Supply Checklists

Print checklists in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and large-type.

Ready or Not? Brochures

Print and fold brochures in English and Spanish.

Hurricane forecasters are predicting an above-average season with 16 to 18 tropical storms, including nine hurricanes, five of which could be a category 3 or higher.

Now is a good time to help people get ready and have a plan. You could save a life.

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View Texas EDEN Hurricane Resources »

DSHS Urges Precautions to Reduce West Nile Exposure

Date: May 24th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services

As Memorial Day approaches and people are spending more time outdoors, the Texas Department of State Health Services urges people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness.

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North Texas Tornadoes – Disaster Recovery Resources

Date: May 17th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of Insurance, Atmos Energy

Homeowners insurance policies generally provide coverage for losses from wind and hail, and in certain situations, might cover losses from wind-blown rain. The following tips will help make the claims process go smoother.

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Atmos Energy is asking emergency crews, customers and volunteers involved in tornado recovery to call 811 before using heavy equipment such as back-hoes, front-end-loaders, power augers or plows.

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