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Event in Galveston Marks Launch of State’s Disaster Preparedness Campaign


Media Advisory
July 6, 2010

WHAT: The Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an event in Galveston to launch this year’s Ready or Not? multilingual public education campaign to encourage Texans to prepare for emergencies. Hurricane Alex last week served as a reminder for people to get ready and have a plan this hurricane season. The event also marks the kick-off of the 15-city Ready of Not? community outreach tour.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. July 8, 2010
WHERE: Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway St., Galveston
WHO: Speakers include:
Dr. David Lakey
, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
Lloyd Rinderer, assistant city manager, Galveston
Dr. Mark Guidry, CEO and health authority, Galveston County Health District
Ramona Benton, Galveston resident and Gulf Coast Center mental health education specialist who provided crisis counseling following hurricanes Ike and Katrina
WHY: It’s not too late for people to prepare for emergencies. Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time in Texas. Hurricane season continues through November, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an active hurricane season this year. The time to plan is now, before a disaster strikes. The goal is to help Texans be ready to respond and recover from any natural or manmade disaster.
WEB: For more information go to www.TexasPrepares.org or www.TexasPrepara.org. The site offers people a way to build a custom plan step by step.
VISUALS: There will be a community outreach event and question-and-answer opportunity with Dr. Lakey following speaker remarks. The outreach event will take place in the center's parking lot under a 20-square-foot tent and will include interactive demonstrations about how to prepare. Document storage bags, supply lists and informational handouts will be distributed.
Media Advisory


(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS Acting Press Officer, 512-458-7119.)

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