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HURRICANE WATCH

As The Post went to press, there was no indication of bad tropical weather on the horizon for the next five days but, even so, national weather experts say coastal residents should not let down their guard.

HURRICANES and other natural disasters strike without much warning, giving coastal residents little much time to evacuate and find shelter.
With hurricane season now one month old, there’s no reason to relax and leave yourself unprepared to ride out or flee a storm. Having a hurricane survival kit is a key component of your preparation.
The national oceanic and atmospheric administration has listed several items it recommends acquiring in advance of a crisis.
At a minimum, you should have:
• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation purposes
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each person
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert, plus extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First-aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, as well as plastic sheeting and duct tape for use when sheltering in place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, NOAA recommends adding the following items:
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Cash or travelers checks and change
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank-account records in a waterproof portable container – you can use the emergency financial first-aid kit developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help organize your information
• Emergency reference material such as a first-aid manual
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person – consider additional bedding in case cold weather sets in
• At least one complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
• Regular household liquid chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper – bleach diluted with nine parts water to one part bleach can be used as a disinfectant and, in an emergency, you can treat water by using 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water (do not use scented or color-safe bleach or one with added cleaners)
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal-hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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KIDS FROM two years old and up can have a whole mess of fun for a couple of hours on Saturday when the Kids’ Cooking Club takes over the kitchen at St George’s Episcopal church in Texas City.
The monthly event, which is sponsored by The Post, features local celebrity chef Jimmy Graves teaching culinary delights, as well as arts-and-crafts activities.
It all runs from noon until 2:00pm at the 510 13th Avenue North church and participation is free.
For more information, call 832-385-2076.

By Travis Gumphrey

A QUARTER of the county’s beach-water testing locations were under advisory as The Post went to press on Monday and the results of tests that day are due out today, Wednesday.
The new advisories were published within days of a zero count, as reported in The Post on July 1.
At the time of publication on Monday, 13 of the county’s 52 testing locations were under advisory.
However, Galveston County health district was undertaking a round of testing that day and the results will be published in up-to-date advisory information that can be found online at gchd.org/pollution/BeachAdvisory.htm.
On Monday, two of Galveston Island’s testing locations were under advisory, leaving 94 per cent of the island’s 36 locations free of advisory. The affected locations were Galveston Island State Park number 6 Bayside and East Beach-Apffel Park number 2.
On Bolivar Peninsula, 11 of 15 locations were under advisory, bringing the total number of affected locations throughout the county to 13.
The single testing location on the Texas City dike was advisory free.
As The Post reported last week, the health district regularly tests beaches for a bacterial indicator known as enterococci as part of the Texas general land office’s statewide Beach Watch program.
According to Lori FitzSimmons-Evans, GCHD air and water pollution service program director, advisories typically last only a few days and are not unique to Galveston or uncommon for Texas beaches.
Galveston County health district releases updated advisory information every few days.

THIS WEEK, the city of Houston is due to begin its third repair of a major pipeline that supplies League City with 17.5 million gallons of water per day.
The 50-year-old transmission line also provides the city with 14 million gallons per day during peak summer weekends.
When the repairs begin, League City residents will be put back under stage two of the city’s drought contingency plan.
They have already been subject to stage two this year, as the city imposed it in March, when the city used it to impose limits on outdoor watering, above, and other usages.
To augment supply during the period, the city will use more water from the Gulf Coast Water Authority and from wells.
The Houston line should be replaced in 2018 or 2019, according to a statement from League City’s city manager, Mark Rohr.
“Our share of this $100 million replacement project is planned to be funded through the issuance of debt supported by utility rates,” he said on Thursday.

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Students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in Texas City can look forward to some enhanced tutoring tools next school year after their independent school district’s Foundation For The Future received a $6,000 donation from BP Texas City Chemicals. Pictured during the presentation ceremony are, from left, district 23 state representative Wayne Faircloth, BPTCC employee and FFTF board member Kollin Fencil, TCISD superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo, board president Manual Guajardo, deputy superintendent Sam Myers, secondary instructional coordinator Sherri Simmons, FFTF executive director Deborah Laine, BPTCC plant manager Pete Nowobilski and district 11 state senator Larry Taylor.