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Don’t Let an Emergency Catch You Off Guard

Here are some very timely and helpful hints from the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau on how to be prepared for an emergency situation:

In Texas, summer doesn’t just mean it’s time for vacations, it also brings hurricanes and the potential for severe storms. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin urges families to prepare for the unexpected and devise their own emergency preparedness plans.  It’s important to assess and prepare for their local disaster risks and unplanned emergencies.

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Ham Radio Gaining New Respect

With smart phones, computers, and even landline telephones relying more and more on the Internet, what happens in a disaster that damages cell towers and other infrastructure?

Amateur radio operators spring into action. A method of communication--once thought to be dying off due to the increasing speed and popularity of the World Wide Web--is gaining new respect and unprecedented growth, especially in situations where the only available means of emergency communications is good "old-fashioned" ham radio.

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Powerful Video: Mayflower, AR Man Saves Injured Girl

This video will put a lump in your throat! After tornadoes ripped through Mayflower, Arkansas (near Little Rock) on Sunday night, neighbors jumped in to help with rescue and recovery efforts. This video shows Mayflower resident Nick Naylor's rescue of a severely-injured 4-year-old girl, and an interview where he tells what happened that night.

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Map: Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster

From tornadoes to wildfires, floods to hurricanes, Texas has its share of natural disasters. But, have you ever wondered where in the Lower 48 states one is least likely to encounter such calamities? Well, of course, a study was done to figure out the answer to that question. Check out this map, and see if you don't think that the benefits of life in Texas outweigh the "risks" here in the Lone Star state!

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Video: Mayflower Arkansas Tornado Drone Footage

Having spent nine years in northeast Arkansas, the killer storms last night brought great concern, as we have so many friends there. Thankfully, the worst of the storms passed to the north of our former hometown of Jonesboro; but sadly, other areas were devastated. Check out this amazing aerial footage (shot from a 'drone') of some of the destruction near Mayflower, AR.

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Mid Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference

The 2014 Mid-Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Victoria Community Center at 2905 East North Street in Victoria, Texas. Doors open and registration for the conference begins at 8:00 am. The conference Welcome starts at 8:45 am. The General Wrap-Up Session ends at 4:30 pm. A Grand Prize Drawing for a gasoline power generator will be held at the end of the conference and you must be present to win. Registration for the conference includes a continental breakfast and lunch provided by Uncle Mutt's.

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Help Your Neighbors Here In The Crossroads

Recent news stories of single-family fires here in the Crossroads region reminded me of the time my wife and I spent as volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team in our previous home area of Northeast Arkansas. We saw first-hand how the Red Cross can make a difference in the lives of families who have been victims of a fire in their home. Local Red Cross chapters can offer assistance with temporary shelter, food, and clothing, as well as diapers, medicines, and other immediate needs. But did you know that the Red Cross receives NO government funding?

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Louisiana Town Swallowed By Sinkhole [VIDEO]

While there have been incidents with sinkholes swallowing a car or even a house, the unfortunate town of Bayou Corne in Louisiana is vanishing.

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Oklahoma and The Red Cross Need You!

Devastating tornadoes have left a path of death and destruction in and around Oklahoma City, OK.  Here in South Texas, we know how important the work of the American Red Cross is in times of natural disasters, and right now, the Red Cross needs your help!  How can you be a Red Cross “hero?”

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Help Your Neighbors Here In The Crossroads

Recent news stories of single-family fires here in the Crossroads region reminded me of the time my wife and I spent as volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team in our previous home area of Northeast Arkansas. We saw first-hand how the Red Cross can make a difference in the lives of families who have been victims of a fire in their home. Local Red Cross chapters can offer assistance with temporary shelter, food, and clothing, as well as diapers, medicines, and other immediate needs. But did you know that the Red Cross receives NO government funding?

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The Red Cross Needs You!

Hurricane Sandy has left a path of devastation along the East Coast and surrounding states.  Here in South Texas, we know how important the work of the American Red Cross is in times of natural disasters, and right now, the Red Cross needs your help!  How can you be a Red Cross "hero?" 

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Residents Cope With Flooding Along Mississippi [PHOTOS]

As residents along the Mississippi River continued to cope with flooding on Thursday, the river, already at record levels, was set to crest in Vicksburg, Miss. on Thursday morning.

The river was at 57.2 feet in Vicksburg on Wednesday morning, a level well above the previous record of 56.2 feet set on May 4, 1927, according to the National Weather Service. The river was expected to reach 57.5 feet on Thursday morning, about 14.5 feet over flooding stage.

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