The Public Meeting for the Cultural District Designation Application will be held:
Tuesday, May 21
LPAA Mary Nichols Art Center
301 Burleson (Loop 230 and Burleson)
Thank you for your interest in the Smithville application for the Cultural District Designation! Please take this survey to help us understand how you feel about this important issue.
Have a Fire-Safe Holiday
Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.
Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.
Fore more information: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm
Winter Fire Safety Tips
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.
For more information: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/winter.shtm
The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) includes the following committees and are always seeking new volunteers:
* Disaster Case Management
* Construction Management
* Donated Goods Management
* Financial Resources Management
* Volunteer Management
* Spiritual, Emotional, and Mental Health
The following regular meetings are open to the public, and are always looking for new volunteers:
* Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team: First Thursday of the month at 1PM, Varying Locations
* Construction Management Committee: Every Tuesday at 10AM at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, 927 Main Street, Bastrop
* Spiritual, Emotional, and Mental Health Committee: Every Tuesday at 11:30AM at the Deli Depot, 1006 Main Street, Bastrop
Donations are needed to help provide disaster recovery assistance to the 1700 families who lost their homes. Send checks to:
PO Box 1975
Bastrop, TX 78602
Counseling opportunities are provided at the following locations:
* Bluebonnet Trails: 512-321-7250
* Threads of Hope: 512-327-0020 x 302
* Stephen Ministry: 512-303-5072
* How to set up a Healing Group: 512-364-8503
* Wesley Nurse Health Ministries: 512-332-2752
From the FEMA website:
"All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. In 2010 there were 29 fatalities and 182 injuries from lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
"Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires."
See http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning for more information about what to do before, during, and after a thunderstorm to stay safe.