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Galveston County
Galveston County Office of Emergency Management
News Release
Monday, June 13, 2011

HOMEBOUND SENIORS RECEIVE MORE THAN MEALS;
COUNTY JUDGE DELIVERS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Each year the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management provides information to citizens on how to be better prepared for hurricane season.  Information is delivered on the website and through various hurricane meetings held throughout the County. 

This year, in addition to the usual methods of distribution, the Office of Emergency Management implemented a new outreach program.  The county offices of Emergency Management and Senior Services teamed up to provide customized hurricane preparedness information packets to the homebound seniors who are part of the Home Delivered Meal Program.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry delivered the first packets to La Marque senior citizen Jessie Kinzer June 10 to kick off the program.

County employees Tracy Hughes, Teresa Ortiz, Evelyn Markides and Alyssa Young worked together to decide on the information, order the materials and assemble more than 500 packets to be delivered to clients with their regular meal delivery.

"It's essential for our homebound citizens to have the same access to information," says County Judge Mark Henry.  "If citizens are unable to get to hurricane meetings, we need to bring the information to them."

The packets were delivered during the first week of June for the start of hurricane season.




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