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Texas DEM Becomes Capstone to TEEX, TFS, Others

Not a lot of details but big changes in Texas Div. of Emergency Managment.

Not Texas' Best Place to Make Your Home - Disaster City®

There is a city in Texas that nobody wants to live in. Depending on your point of view things happen here that are very bad... or very good.
It is Disaster City®. Building collapses, train wrecks, industrial fires happen all the time. But, there is "the house of pancakes".

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People gathering? Minimal security? You have a soft target and Homeland Security wants planners and responders to know more

What can be dine to protect soft targets from terrorists?

Places where people gather freely, like music festivals, houses of worship, or shopping centers, which are easily accessible and often have minimal security, potentially making it easier and cheaper to carry out an attack.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publicly releasing the DHS Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview.

Celebration of Life

A celebration of the life of Volunteer Emergency Response Unit founder/director Sherry Lassiter was held in Austin this week.

A helmet marked her place at an empty chair. The lemon represents the bitterness of loss, the salt is symbolic of our tears and the glass is inverted because she cannot toast with us.

McCarthy Alaska Donated Ambulance Replacing Vandalized Rig

The village of McCarthy Alaska's only ambulance was dead. It looks like vandals had grabbed fists full of wiring in the center console -- and yanked, rendering the unit dark, without emergency and interior lighting.

Apparently McCarthy, which has approximately around 30 off-season residents (but hundreds in the Summer) has trained EMS personnel who can treat a patient on scene and transport them to the airport for Airlift to a higher level of care. But, ambulance electrical technicians are hard to find in small-town Alaska.

And, there it sat.

I'm Scott McClelland and this is the Disaster Recovery Department at My H-E-B

A story in the Houston Chronicle discusses Texas-based grocery H-E-B's efforts to restock and reopen their impacted stores and reach out to individuals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, H-E-B's lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey.

How we stayed informed about Harvey

We've stayed on top of the latest during the storm and we'll share some of those resources with you
If some of the sources don't apply to your situation, use them for inspiration to locate similar resources in your area.

Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Tropical Depression) Harvey continued to cause damage and loss of lives in its path. While we were sheltered-in-place, riding out high winds, heavy rain and local small stream flooding, we were fortunate to have had internet access as the main route of our Intel gathering. I'll come back to that.

What Do You Mean, "Is Your Christmas Tree NFPA Compliant?"?

Well, in actuality, their headline was, "NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights", but you probably see where we are going here. NFPA standards have their roots in tragedy. It is their way of saying, "We've noticed this is a really bad thing and this is a better way to go".

Christmas is over. Get that fuel-air bomb out of your house.

MAYDAY Ready, NIOSH Tips, RIT and Rehab

We stumbled onto an interesting article, while searching for something else. Our serendipitous find was a 2014 article in Fire Engineering entitled "Are You Ready as an Incident Commander when your Firefighters 'Press Their MAYDAY Button'?" by Joseph "Joe" Pronesti.

Don't miss the 13 points called "The Incident Commander’s rules of engagement for fire-fighter safety".

Last, but not least is:

Texas Department of State Health Services DSHS Coordinator Course 2017

We wanted to pass this opportunity on to Texas EMS Educators:

If you are interested in becoming an EMS Course Coordinator save the following dates April 19 thru 21, 2017. The 2017 course will be held in Galveston, Texas.

DSHS asks you to save your questions until the official announcement and open course registration. Details are being finalized now, but will not be available until late December 2016.

Texas Department of State Health Services is on the web at http://www.dshs.texas.gov.

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