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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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West Nile Virus in Texas 2013

Date: June 17th, 2013

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services

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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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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.

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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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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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Keep Livestock Manure Out of Floodwaters

Date: May 9th, 2013

Source:  North Dakota State University Extension Service

Surface water contamination from manure spills may pose a significant threat to aquatic ecosystems, and excessive nutrients may cause eutrophication in freshwater ecosystems.

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Disaster Recovery Assistance for West, Texas Renters and Homeowners

Date: May 6th, 2013

Source:  FEMA.gov

Homeowners and renters who sustained property damage as a result of the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for disaster assistance. The April 19 emergency disaster declaration for the state of Texas has been expanded to allow eligible individuals and households affected by the explosion in McLennan County access to Individual Assistance grants.

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