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June 20, 2013

Disaster preparedness

— Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshall Ray Fletcher spoke to the Gainesville Rotary Club about disaster preparedness. His department deals with the threat of hazardous materials, wild fires, severe weather, flooding, tornadoes, and the relatively new threat of West Nile Virus. Fletcher said that even though Cooke County has not yet had a mosquito test positive for the virus, it is here and residents should be aware and take necessary precautions. West Nile protection begins with the four D’s: !) Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. 2) Dress in long sleeves and long pants. 3) Defend yourself by using repellants that contain DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon Eucalyptus. 4) Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Fletcher suggested taking time to prepare for an emergency before it happens. Planning for what to take with you and where family members should meet in case of an evacuation can help save lives if an emergency does occur.

 

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