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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 4

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

By Ben Egel, March 15, 2017, Amarillo Glove-News

Wildfires did an estimated $21 million in damages, according to a first estimate on March 15, 2017 from the The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo.

Three Texas Panhandle wildfires combined to burn through 481,956 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, causing $6.1 million worth of lost pasture.

From Amarillo Globe-News

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, March 17, 2017

Tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Every state has some risk of this hazard.

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Make sure you're ready for a tornado with the How to Prepare for a Tornado Guide from PrepareAthon (formerly America's PrepareAthon!) that explains how to protect yourself and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Learn more tips from

  1. Build an emergency kit.
  2. Make a family communications plan.
  3. Sign up for local emergency alerts and warnings. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  4. Look for danger signs including: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating); and, a loud roar, similar to a freight train. If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

For more information, watch the When the Storm Comes preparedness video and visit the Prepareathon Tornado page.

From Texas A&M Forest Service

The Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition would like to invite you to the fourth annual Mid-Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference to be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Victoria College's Emerging Technology Complex-Conference and Education Center in Victoria, Texas.

Registration for the conference includes educational opportunities in a variety of topics including healthcare preparedness and response, communications in a disaster, business continuity, cyber-crimes and more.

For registration and symposium agenda, visit the registration website.

By Garrett Cook, March 16, 2017, McKinney Courier-Gazaette

Everyone knows the old saying: If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes for it to change.

But during the spring months, those changes can turn volatile very quickly. One need only look back to December 2015 when tornadoes devastated the city of Rowlett.

With spring only a few weeks away, Collin County Emergency Management (CCEM) is urging residents to take this time to prepare for such emergency situations. At a moment's notice, those harmless, billowy clouds can turn into thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and flooding.

From McKinney Courier-Gazette

By Inderscience Publishers, March 20, 2017, EurekAlert

Twitter and other social media tools are commonly used around the world. Now, many government and not-for-profit organizations have a presence on at least one of these systems and use them in various ways to share information about their activities and engage with people.

For organizations that work in disaster zones and emergency situations, these tools can also be used to coordinate activities, help raise funds and disseminate timely news that can help in relief efforts. New research from the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, USA, suggests that just half of the Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the world have adopted Twitter.

From EurekAlert!

By Kay Ledbetter, March 20, 2017, The Flash Today

The truckloads of hay have slowed, and producers affected by wildfires are beginning to get some perspective on the damage done and the path forward, so Livestock Supply Points in three counties will begin winding down, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service officials. Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension regional program leader in Amarillo, said each county has a plan to bring the efforts of volunteers and donors to a close at the Livestock Supply Points opened March 7 in response to wildfires that burned 480,000 acres across the Texas Panhandle.

From The Flash Today

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