Message From The Chief
Welcome to August, Texas! Hot enough for you out there? The heat just keeps rising, so be sure to keep yourself, your family, friends, and coworkers cool and hydrated when engaging in outdoor activities. Everyone should know the risks, symptoms, and what to do in case of heat related illness.
National Lighthouse Day
August 7 is National Lighthouse Day! As you may or may not know, Texas has several lighthouses; a few are still in service. These lighthouses are beautiful and historical places to visit if you're looking for a great Texas vacation. But did you know several of these have great emergency management related history as well?
Bolivar Point Lighthouse.
There are several incredible accounts from lighthouse keepers who rode out hurricanes and tropical storms while on duty, and while I won't overwhelm you with all of the historical significance of these amazing structures, one remarkable story especially stands out.
During the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, approximately 125 local residents used the Bolivar Point Lighthouse as an emergency shelter. While waters rose and winds gusted, these local residents found safe refuge inside this incredible structure. The Bolivar Point Lighthouse also sheltered about 60 local residents during the 1915 Galveston Hurricane.
Hurricane season is in full effect, National Preparedness Month is around the corner, and the warm weather seems to be never-ending. In the dog days of summer, it's all you can do to stay cool while enjoying the sunshine. As your family enjoys barbecue season, don't forget to restock on a backyard necessity – mosquito repellant! This (and other measures) can help protect against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects that can bring an unpleasant sting to summer festivities.
West Nile Virus (WNV), eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV), and other arboviral diseases – that is to say, diseases spread by insects such as ticks and other mites – range in severity and rarity, and symptoms can vary, if at all existent. The best approach is to be proactive. Being aware of standing water, tall grass, and other preventable conditions conducive to these pests can mitigate your family and pets' risk of exposure to infection. As with WNV infections reported in Texas and other domestic arboviral activity identified across the south, there are few treatments available. While most infected persons will recover, it is still best to remain vigilant about ticks and mosquitos and their habitats in order to mitigate the risk of more serious illness, especially for those over 60 or with medical conditions.
Learn more about West Nile symptoms and treatment.
Book Lovers Day
Book Lovers Day is August 9, Texans! I know we all love a great book, especially when it's related to emergency management. Tweet me your favorite emergency management-related books on August 9th! Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
Other days to remember in August:
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