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Hidalgo County and Texas A & M University Colonias Program have kicked off the fifth annual “Dare to Prepare” Community Fairs. With the start of this year's hurricane season, which commenced on June 1, the fairs are held throughout the County during the month of June to provide important information and resources to help residents and families prepare for this hurricane season or for any natural disaster. Last week, the County kicked off the Dare to Prepare fairs at Alton, where the County and partner agencies educated County residents on important considerations to prepare for such events. At the fair, Hidalgo County Emergency Management educated the residents on the importance of preparing. They emphasized on encouraging residents to purchase inexpensive flash lights, batteries, and radios, which are important items to have if severe weather were to hit their area. Barry Goldsmith, Meteorologist National Weather Service, explained to local residents though forecasters state this hurricane season will be a quite one, it takes only one storm wreak havoc. “I urge residents to take the necessary steps to be prepared, learn your evacuation routes, clear brush from your storm drains,” said Goldsmith. “Get educated, become aware of the dangers.”
The next Dare to Prepare Fairs will be held on Tuesday, June 17th at the Monte Alto Community Resource Center (10 am to 12 pm), and Wednesday, June 18 at the San Juan Community Resource Center (10 am to 12 pm).