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CoCoRaHS came about as a result of a devastating flash flood that hit Fort Collins, Colorado in July 1997. A very localized storm dumped over a foot of rain in several hours while other portions of the city had only modest rainfall. The ensuing flood caught many by surprise and caused $200 million in damages. CoCoRaHS was born in 1998 with the intent of doing a better job of mapping and reporting intense storms. As more volunteers participated, rain, hail, and snow maps were produced for every storm showing fascinating local patterns that were of great interest to scientists and the public. By 2010 CoCoRaHS became a nationwide volunteer network.
Volunteers post their daily observations on the CoCoRaHS Web site. Observations are immediately available on maps and reports for the public to view. By providing high quality, accurate measurements, the observers are able to supplement existing networks and provide useful results to scientists, resource managers, decision makers and other users.
CoCoRaHS offers a variety of learning opportunities. In addition to training, periodic email and newsletters inform participants about how CoCoRaHS data are used in meteorology,hydrology and other fields. CoCoRaHS is also developing classroom resources for teachers. By participating in a science project with a ‘local feel’,citizens develop a sense of community with fellow observers and raise awareness about their surrounding environment.
Precipitation is essential for life. It varies greatly with topography, storm type and season. It really
is true that it may pour on one side of the street and be dry on the other. A portion of a field maybe pounded by hail while others nearby receive no damage. Snowfall may pile up in one neighborhood and only dust another. Rain, hail and snow are fairly easy to measure, and the data collected are very important. Meteorologists,hydrologists, engineers, builders . . . you name it, everyone seems to care about rain, hail and snow. And for some, like farmers, it is their very livelihood.
The foundation of the CoCoRaHS network are individuals and family volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life, willing to spend a few minutes each day measuring and reporting precipitation. This is a project we can all help with.
It is important that all CoCoRaHS precipitation reports be as accurate and consistent as possible. Training is provided to teach new observers how to install their instruments, properly measure precipitation and send in reports.
Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It's important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames.
Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Breathing in really hot air could burn your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that can make you sleepy and unable to escape. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire. Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Smoke Detector Tips:
Create a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year
Bosque County Emergency Management along with local Volunteer Fire Departments have partnered with the American Red Cross to participate in the Home Fire Preparedness campaign. This national initiative aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% nationwide in five years. As a part of this partnership, residents of Bosque County are eligible to have free smoke detectors installed in their homes. would like a free smoke detector you can submit the request below and you will be contacted by someone to schedule an installation within 4 weeks.
This program is 100% free to participate in and not participating may cost you or someone you love their life. Please take advantage of this opportunity today.
In 2011, Bosque County OEM received a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant to complete the five year required update of the existing regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The current update involves 7 jurisdictions. A draft copy of the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Action Plan has been submitted to FEMA for review.
The Bosque County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) would like to invite the public to review and provide comment on the draft Bosque County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to qualify for federal mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A copy of the draft Plan is available to review on the County’s website, which may be found at www.bosquecounty.us In addition, a hardcopy of the draft Plan may be found at the County Judge’s office located in the county courthouse at 110 S. Main St, Meridian, Texas. Comments regarding the Plan may be submitted to email@example.com using the form provided at the website or in person at the County Judge’s office. The Plan will be made available for public review and comment until August 21st, 2015.
For more information, please contact the OEM at 254-435-2807.
Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events.
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that a community have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to qualify for federal funding from the following grant programs. Some of the grant programs available include:
• Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C)
• Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
• Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
A hazard mitigation plan assesses the community’s risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, and earthquakes. Each jurisdiction uses statewide data and information obtained directly from the community to make this assessment.
The plan includes a set of goals related to the overall goal of hazard mitigation planning, an assessment of existing mitigation measures, and a set of new mitigation measures that will serve to advance the plan goals. The plan update will also look at implementation progress that has been made on mitigation measures from the previous plan.
Public participation is very important to the hazard mitigation planning process. Bosque County has developed a Public Comment Form to allow the public to provide input and comments to the hazards in their communities. The draft version of the plan is posted above for review and comment. Download and print the Public Comment Form below and return the form to 110 S. Main St, Meridian Texas 76665
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The county Addressing Coordinator's duties include assigning all new addresses within the county jurisdiction (city addresses are assigned by the cities), GIS point-gathering, maintain database and mapping activities. Making county road signs as requested by the County Commissioners. Work with other county agencies to resolve address related problems within the county. Act as a single point of contact with Heart of Texas Council of Government (HOTCOG) on all 911 Addressing related questions.
It's a one person office so if I am out on a job, please leave a message. Don't forget your name and phone number. When I return, I will get back to you.
It's not a hard process, so relax. First get together all the information you have about your property, location, neighbors addresses relative to your gate location. Be ready to describe your gate or gate location so I can find it. The second time gets more complicated changing things than getting it right the first time. Now call me and lets talk about your needs. After I am satisfied that I can find the location I will go out there and record the GPS data an determine the number for you. When I get back to the office I will call you with your new address. See that is easy.
Now this does get complicated. Why go through all this mess to get an address when I can just pick out a number between my neighbors and go from there. That's easy and no trouble.
Okay, let's think about this. You are on a ladder in your home and fall off. You are hurt and call for help. If we have assigned your 911 address the exact location is recorded in the 911 office and they can direct help to you directly. If the information is not there help must drive down the road looking at mailboxes or gate signs to find you. I think our way is best and if you are hurting I am sure you would agree. Our way is easy and it doesn't cost you anything but a little time. I am not doing anything, so why not call me. I'd like to talk to you anyway.