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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 12

Message From The Chief

Happy Holidays, Texans!

This holiday season, Texans have a great deal to be thankful for. We are fortunate to live in a state with a prosperous economy, citizens who are willing to step up where needed, and spirit that inspires our nation. This was especially evident in the aftermath of the Canton tornados and Hurricane Harvey, when rural and coastal communities alike came together to rebuild.

During your holiday festivities please take a moment to think of those who lost so much during Harvey and those selfless individuals – be they responders, volunteers, or members of the community – who helped them through it. Because of their sacrifices, we are stronger.

As you make arrangements for travel and holiday festivities, plan ahead and be safe. No holiday celebration would be complete without a feast, but be sure to take precautions against kitchen fires when you're cooking and baking. Do you have a home emergency plan? If not, now is the time to make one for family and visitors alike. Establish rendezvous locations, back up important documents, and use apps like Find My Friends to check in with those close to you.

Every year winter weather and storms affect areas of the state. Make sure you and your family are prepared for winter weather events. On your way to and from celebrations, be sure to maintain situational awareness of weather and road conditions. Even if the roads are clear, beware of intoxicated or distracted drivers.

On the topic of celebration, keep in mind that every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol. We urge you to take responsibility for your actions. Don't drink and drive.

Days to Remember in December:
December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day
December 21 – National Flashlight Day
December 26 – North Texas Tornado Outbreak Anniversary (2005)



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