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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 5

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

BASTROP COUNTY LENDS SUPPORT FOR THE NEW STATE DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM
By Mary Huber, April 13, 201, Austin American Statesman

Mike Fisher has been known to say that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes.

After witnessing six major disasters — two wildfires and four floods — in a span of five years at the helm of Bastrop County's Office of Emergency Management, he would know.

When the Complex Fire burned in 2011, Fisher witnessed the slow influx of resources that filtered in to the county two to three months after the blaze had torched more than 34,000 acres of pines. Some organizations struggled to receive donations since the county's long-term recovery team had not yet been established as a nonprofit.

Now, a new state program will help pick up the pieces.

The Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team, or TEMAT, which was formally established last month, will send a team of various subject matter experts from across the state into regions affected by disaster and other emergency incidents

From Austin American Statesman

GET REAL-TIME EMERGENCY ALERTS ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief, March 17, 2017

Do you know when a tornado is coming? Did you know it is possible to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of time?

According to the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Household Survey, three out of four people know how to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of a storm. Make sure you are one of them.

Stay safe against severe weather with real-time emergency alerts on your cellular phone and computer. Keep yourself prepared for the unexpected by receiving information about emergencies in your area.

Review the Know Your Alerts and Warnings fact sheet from Prepareathon to receive alerts as soon as possible.

2017 CAMPUS SAFETY CONFERENCE

The Campus Safety magazine would like to invite you to their Campus Safety Conference to be held June 12-13 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The Campus Safety Conference is a 2-day intense conference for administrators and public safety officials, security and law enforcement executives from all over the country looking for solutions to campus safety, security, emergency management and technology challenges.

At the Campus Safety Conference, you can expect to:

  • Hear from the leading safety and security experts
  • Learn strategies and tactics to reduce risk and improve response
  • Learn first-hand about best practices and procedures for emergency response
  • Walk away ready to prepare and plan for emergency situations, protect your students and faculty, and prevent a crisis on your campus.

For registration and conference agenda, visit the registration website.

RENEWED ZIKA OUTBREAK FEARED ON TEXAS BORDER
By FoxNews.com, April 23, 2017

As warmer weather approaches and mosquito seasons take flight, health professionals are warning that a Zika outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost tip on the Texas border with Mexico is just a matter of time.

The area, home to 1.3 million people, many living in poverty, has many houses without sufficient air-conditioning and window screens.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is currently urging pregnant woman and symptomatic individuals in the lower Rio Grande Valley to promptly get tested.

From Fox News

TEXAS MUMPS CASES, SOME INVOLVING SPRING BREAKERS, REACH 23-YEAR HIGH
By Healio, Infectious Disease News, April 19, 2017

Texas is advising health care providers about a surge in mumps cases in the state, including some that have been linked to a popular spring break destination.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 221 mumps cases have been reported in multiple outbreaks as of April 12, the most in Texas since 1994.

From Healio

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – NAVARRO REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOLDS DISASTER DRILL
By Deanna Kirk, April 22, 2017, Corsicana Daily Sun

Do you know what to do should you lose power? Phone service?

What if you were in charge of patients who are ill or in life-threatening situations already, prior to the tornado? What happens to them if the Emergency Room side of the hospital is blown away?

All these questions and more were addressed Thursday morning as Sharon Thomas, RN led a disaster drill for Navarro Regional Hospital.

From Corsican Daily Sun


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