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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 2

Message From The Chief

The first month of 2017 is in the books and flu season may be winding down, but there are still many cases of influenza across Texas and the country. Flu season runs from October through March but the peak of the season can come at any time. We rely on our local medical organizations to treat and monitor cases. However, it is everyone's responsibility to practice prevention and stay informed about the flu.

Help Stop the Spread!

  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Get vaccinated.

Speaking of illness, it's also that time of year when we start to hear many Texans talk about how rapid changes in the weather impact them. The hot and cold pendulum can swing widely across the state. That also means cold fronts are sweeping the state - and we all know what that can mean. Severe weather.

Severe weather has already impacted many areas of Texas in 2017. Some parts of Texas have seen snow while others have already seen the first Texas tornados of the year. With almost two months left of winter, Texans are reminded to remain vigilant of all potential weather hazards including those blasts of winter weather. Make sure your family and home are prepared for Texas' extreme weather.

Also, don't forget to sign up for the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference!  The conference takes place May 16-19 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is now open and we look forward to seeing you there!

Weather-Ready Nation
Texas Department of State Health Services

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