July 6, 2010
||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
||10:30 a.m. July 8, 2010
||Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway St., Galveston
Dr. David Lakey,
commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
Rinderer, assistant city manager, Galveston
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
||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.
||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.
||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.
(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS
Acting Press Officer, 512-458-7119.)
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