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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 8

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

2017 TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS OPEN!
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is accepting proposals for the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference. Presentations that focus on current issues, lessons learned, creative best practices and participant interaction are strongly encouraged and will be given preference. Multiple submissions are welcome.

Speaker Submissions. The Conference Speaker Application must be filled out completely to be considered. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, October 31, 2016.

Speaker Contact Information. Please direct any speaker-related questions to Susan Vessell, Workshop Coordinator, via e-mail. Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

ROAD RAGE IS PREVALENT, STUDY SAYS
Thousands of drivers across the United States report that they have acted out on road rage by yelling at drivers, tailgating and honking, according to a survey released in July 2016 by AAA.

The data is based on a "nationally-representative" online survey of 2,705 licensed drivers aged 16 and older in the United States in 2014. AAA notes that aggressive behavior contributes to a "substantial proportion of fatal crashes, is perceived to be a serious threat to safety and appears to be increasingly prevalent."

Seventy-eight percent of those drivers said they had engaged in at least one aggressive driving behavior at least once in the previous year.

About one-third of all respondents said they had made an angry gesture at another driver while about one in four drivers said they had purposely tried to block another driver from changing lanes. Almost 12 percent of respondents said they have cut off another vehicle on purpose.

In more extreme responses, nearly 4 percent of drivers said they had gotten out of their vehicle to confront another driver while almost 3 percent reported they have intentionally bumped or rammed another vehicle.

Read the complete survey from AAA.

LOCAL PARAMEDICS TRAIN FOR ACTIVE-SHOOTER SCENES
Pittsburgh EMS has 13 medics embedded with the SWAT unit.
Megan Guza, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 12, 2016

(TNS) - With an uptick in active shooter incidents nationwide, emergency medical personnel are increasingly faced with the decision of standing by until police clear the scene or jumping in and potentially saving more lives.

Pittsburgh EMS has 13 medics embedded with the SWAT unit. Because SWAT is often deployed after first responders determine a situation has become volatile, standard paramedics are generally first to the scene.

Questions about how quickly EMS should respond arose after the June 12 shooting at the Orlando nightclub Pulse. Paramedics traditionally have waited for an "all-clear" that it's safe to go into an active-shooter situation, though federal guidelines suggest that victims' chances of survival improve when paramedics go into the "warm zone."

Studies performed in the aftermath of mass shootings have shown "the value of having medical and rescue personnel who are properly trained and equipped to enter the warm zone to maximize victim survival," according to a 2014 policy statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

From Emergency Management

WHERE THE STATE TESTS MOSQUITOES FOR WEST NILE
A mosquito from a trap in Cedar Park tested positive for West Nile Virus, and now the community needs to take extra precautions when going outdoors.

The city put up signs to warn people about the positive West Nile finding. Then the traps are to the state health laboratory in Austin for testing for several types of viruses including West Nile.

The Texas Department of State Health Services tests mosquitoes from around the state for diseases like West Nile, but they only test female mosquitoes, because they're the only ones who bite.

Testing starts in May and they get about 5 to 10 thousand mosquitoes each week. As of mid-July, 50 samples had tested positive for West Nile virus in 2016. Submitters are notified when mosquitoes test positive, so that they know they have West Nile circulating in their area.

From KVUE News Austin


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