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Hidalgo County’s Dare to Prepare Hurricane Fairs have begun and are being held throughout the month of June. The fairs are put together by local community resource centers and Hidalgo County to educate and empower the community to make informed and responsible preparations and to alert residents on the importance of preparing for a disaster.
At this year’s fairs, residents were educated on how to make an emergency preparedness plan and taught home resiliency planning.
“When disaster strikes, resorting to an emergency preparedness plan can save your life,” said Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Rolando Casas at a recent fair held in Alton. “Identifying and repairing any leaks, cracked windows and structural damage in your home during dry weather can prevent it from succumbing to a severe weather event.”
Representatives from many local agencies and businesses provided emergency preparedness tips to the residents who attended. They include the National Weather Service of Brownsville, Food Bank of RGV, Senior Care Patrol, Magic Valley Cooperative, Hidalgo County Fire Marshal’s Office, and staff from each Hidalgo County Precinct.
Hidalgo County Emergency Management encouraged residents to purchase inexpensive flash lights, batteries, and radios, which are important items to have if severe weather were to hit their area.
“Hurricane season will end on November 20,” said Casas. “And though NOAA predicts a below normal hurricane season, Hidalgo County encourages residents to take the necessary steps to be prepared for a hurricane or any natural disaster, for it takes only one to wreak havoc.”
The next Dare to Prepare Fair will be held at the San Juan Community Resource Center (509 E. Earling Rd.) on Wednesday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and take part in learning how to prepare.