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PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas strives to ensure all residents are aware of available resources in the event a natural disaster was to impact our area. The weather forecast for the Texarkana area indicates the potential for rainfall in varying amounts. While there is no immediate forecast of severe weather in our area, local public safety and emergency preparedness personnel remain vigilant and are prepared to respond if needed.  Additional personnel are on standby in the event weather conditions change and become a threat. All citizens are reminded of the following precautions:

 

Slow down and drive carefully.  Allow additional travel time to reach your destination. Avoid entering flooded roadways. Continue Reading →

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HCSO Tweet Shows America is Alive and Well

Texas, USA- A little over three hours ago the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the picture seen here.  Along with regular updates on the status of 911 calls, evacuations, and areas of need, the sheriff’s office is using social media to update the world and the people of Texas on Harris County, Texas.  The picture tweeted came with the reassurance “HCSO deputies are out in the Blackhorse subdivision still working high water rescues. #Harvey”

As the picture was being tweeted, out in California newscasters were tweeting a different type of picture.  They were busy tweeting the “faceless,” masked participates of ANTIFA as they took over a park.  They chanted “This is our park” and attacked several people.   Their hate-filled and fueled propaganda routine continued to blast across the twitter feeds.  Fortunately, those tweets do not represent who we are as Americans.  They do not represent what we do as Americans.   They do not represent how we as Americans act.   There are pictures of African Americans helping Caucasians, of Caucasians helping Hispanics, and so on.  People of all races, backgrounds, sexual orientations, sex and religions are coming together to help with the disaster in Texas. Surrounding states, like Arkansas and others, have governors sending aide and supplies – not because the Texas problem is an Arkansas problem, but because the Texas problem America’s problem.  We are America.  The people going into the flood areas and bringing others out, the people giving blood, the people helping with evacuees across the state, and the service people already on the ground wading through water to carry out children, elderly and others are the true representations of America. Continue Reading →

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Gov. Hutchinson Approves Arkansas Participation in National Emergency Communication System

Arkansas Joins Virginia and Wyoming as one of the first states to officially “opt in” to the FirstNet and AT&T plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that Arkansas will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State’s public safety community. The Governor made the announcement from the National Governors Association’s Summer Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. With the announcement, Arkansas joins Virginia and Wyoming as one of the first states to officially declare their intention to participate in the program. The Governor’s official letter can be found HERE.  
“After an in-depth review of the FirstNet and AT&T plan by the appropriate state agencies and stakeholders, I have decided to approve their recommendation to opt in to the program,” Governor Hutchinson said. Continue Reading →

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Free Safety Training at Texarkana College Offers Confined Space Course for Area Employees

 Texarkana, TX- Thanks to a grant from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Texarkana College is offering a free 40-hour Confined Space safety training course beginning July 31. The course will offer essential safety training for employees of area businesses and industries free of charge at Texarkana College’s TC@TexAmericas Center site in New Boston, Texas, (Exit 206; Spur 86 off I-30 & Hwy 82). “Texas Mutual Insurance Company awarded TC with a grant to fund high-quality safety training courses for local employers and employees,” said Scotty Hayes, TC@TexAmericas Center Director. “The Confined Space course will introduce participants to the basics of working in environments that have limited or restricted access for entry or exit. Some examples of confined spaces include but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines.”

Enrollment in the course is limited 20 students. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Responders Working Together in Miller County

Miller County, AR-On June 15, 2017, the four states region received news from the Miller County Sheriff’s office that the body of Ryan Shane Johnson of Fouke, Arkansas had been recovered from the Sulfur River at the Smith Park Landing.  While the news was devastating to family, friends, and the community, there was a positive side regarding the efforts that were made to find Mr. Johnson.   The search for Mr. Johnson was not an exclusive Miller County Sheriff’s Office operation.  The fact is, much like any disaster or search to take place in the area, the entire region came together. For the search for Mr. Johnson, there was no concerns about state boundaries, districts, county lines, city or county officials.  There was only a concern to search and find Mr. Johnson.  That concern transcended boundaries not because of pay, or legal standings, but because Mr. Johnson needed people to care and search for him, and they did just that.  People came from the city, from Texas, from other areas of Arkansas and all around to help.  In the words of the Press Release from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office “Each of these entities devoted many hours assisting in the recovery.”

Too often we limit ourselves to our own cities, towns, states, or counties.  People sometimes think in terms of “Well that’s a county problem” or “That’s a Texas side problem” or “That’s an Arkansas side problem,” but we forget that the people acting as responders do not think that way.  Their thought patterns are different and instead they think, “Someone needs help.”  These people, regardless of boundaries or their assigned areas, are the ones you see running toward a disaster, or a need when others are running away.  When the call goes out for help, they are the ones who come. When the call went out for help to find Mr. Johnson, true to their oaths, their dedication, and their training, they came.  Below is a list of those who crossed the lines and boundaries because someone needed them.  They are owed a huge amount of gratitude from everyone in the area and especially from Miller County, Arkansas:

Corp of Engineers

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Salvation Army

Red Cross

Bowie County Sheriff’s Office

Genoa Volunteer Fire Department

Boggy Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department

Doddridge Volunteer Fire Department

Bowie County Dive Team

Miller County Office of Emergency Management

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Bright Star Volunteer Fire Department

Many volunteers from several communities

 

We should all be thankful to know that living in this region affords us access to some of the finest emergency response people in all the country.  The groups above dedicated many hours and for that the entire community should show gratitude and thanks.   Continue Reading →

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Help Needed for Northeast Arkansas Flood Victims

 

Texarkana, USA – Representative Carol Dalby issued a call to help flood victims in Northeast Arkansas yesterday on her Facebook Page.  Assistance is needed for the Northeast Arkansas Flood victims in several areas.  Dalby is the District 1 Representative for the Arkansas House of Representatives.   Dalby has joined with many of representatives and senators, including Senator Jimmy Hickey, to issue this call for assistance.   Former Arkansas House of Representative and Former Arkansas Highway Commissioner Mary “Prissy” Hickerson is also helping with the campaign. Representative Dalby’s message in it’s entirety is here:

As you know, NEArkansas has been devastated by flooding. Continue Reading →

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