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In the News: News from August 2019

CAPCOG equips communities with 9-1-1 educational materials

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

National Night Out, an annual campaign for making neighborhoods safer through community and police partnerships, traditionally occurs the first Tuesday in October for Texas cities. To help residents understand the role of emergency telecommunicators in that partnership, CAPCOG is supplying local jurisdictions with educational materials about calling 9-1-1 for the local community events.

“It’s important for residents to know what information is most valuable to emergency telecommunicators so they can help save significant time in dispatching the proper response to a correct location,” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG Emergency Communications director. CAPCOG distributes 9-1-1 educational materials all year to local public safety answering points, or 9-1-1 call centers, and law enforcement agencies, but National Night Out provides a great opportunity to reach more residents as public safety officials visit neighborhood block parties and community-wide events.

> Contact Lisa Ybarra, CAPCOG 9-1-1 operations coordinator, about getting public education materials.
> Learn more about the Emergency Communications Division.

CAPCOG holds threat identification, evacuation workshops

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The CAPCOG Homeland Security Division will host three courses in September to train peace officers, emergency managers and other local government officials about identifying potential acts of terrorism and preparing to evacuate communities during large scale natural and man-made disasters. All courses will be held at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165, in Austin.

“Joint training classes for CAPCOG area jurisdictions provide best practice educational opportunities that also promote increased collaboration between public safety agencies,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director.

The first two courses train Threat Liaison Officers to work with the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, a multi-jurisdictional policing partnership that exchanges information and intelligence to maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism across the 10-county, CAPCOG region. Each course will educate its participants on their key roles for effectively identifying and sharing information that could deter terrorism and multi-jurisdictional crimes. A Tuesday, Sept. 3 course is for those who play active role in public safety but are not peace officers, while a Thursday, Sept. 5 course is for peace officers.

On Monday, Sept. 9, CAPCOG will hold an Evacuation Planning Strategies and Solutions course. Emergency managers, first responders, transportation professionals, and other public safety officials will learn best practices for planning and executing an emergency evacuation. The course also discusses appropriate protective actions against possible hazardous conditions during an emergency evacuation and explores data, modelling tools, and simulations that can assist with implementing an evacuation.

> Learn how to register for the courses.
> Read about the Homeland Security Division.

State legislators address CAPCOG General Assembly in Sept.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

State legislators who serve on the CAPCOG Executive Committee will participate in a panel discussion about the 86th Texas Legislative Session during CAPCOG’s Sept. 11, 2019 General Assembly Meeting to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, 7610 John Glenn Way.

Also during the meeting, CAPCOG General Assembly Representatives will adopt the 2019-20 fiscal year budget and elect its Nominating Committee, whose role it is to develop a slate of city and county elected officials to serve as the 2020 CAPCOG Executive Committee. A meeting agenda will be distributed in late August, but General Assembly Representatives are encouraged to RSVP.

> RSVP for the General Assembly meeting.
> Contact Mason W. Canales, CAPCOG Member Services Coordinator, for a complimentary lunch discount code or with questions about the meeting.

National Preparedness Month highlights importance of readiness, alerts

Thursday, August 15, 2019

In support of National Preparedness Month, CAPCOG developed a regional WarnCentralTexas.org campaign to encourage residents to register for emergency alerts and prepare themselves for any emergency including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. It also is encouraging local governments to participate in recognizing the month.

“Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every resident, and we want to encourage them to make it a priority because investing in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, businesses, and communities can reduce fatalities and economic devastation throughout our nation,” said Martin Ritchey, the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division director. “One of the easiest preparedness steps residents can take is signing up for local alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org.”

WarnCentralTexas.org allows local emergency service’s personnel to contact residents who are in areas affected by emergencies. While CAPCOG registers all landline and VoIP phones for the service, cellphones and email addresses must be voluntarily registered to receive messages via text, voice call or email. As part of this September’s campaign, CAPCOG has distributed thousands of promotional items for display in high traffic municipal and county offices. It also developed several digital items.

The CAPCOG executive committee recognized September as National Preparedness Month during its Aug. 14 meeting.

> View a draft version of its resolution.
> Find WarnCentralTexas.org promotional ideas and materials.

Striking a Balance teaches family caregivers about life balance

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The upcoming 18th annual Striking a Balance Conference will convene local resources as well as local and national speakers that focus on successful coordination of family caregivers’ work, life, and caregiving responsibilities. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Doubletree by Hilton Austin, 6505 North I-35.

“Caring for a family member or loved one is a huge responsibility and can feel overwhelming at times, but Striking a Balance is the place for caregivers to know they are not alone,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG Aging Services director who manages the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area which partners with AGE of Central Texas to host the event. “There are many organizations here to help and advise them through caregiving, and the biggest resource Striking a Balance offers caregivers is each other and their shared stories.”

Leading the conference will be keynote speaker Eboni Green, who holds a Ph. D. in human services and serves as the president and CEO of the Caregiver Support Services, a nonprofit that supports family and professional caregivers through direct training and consulting. Green will discuss grief and family dynamics related to caregiving. Green has extensive experience in dealing with caregiver’s health and wellness with an emphasis on caregiver stress, burnout and related family conflicts.

Caregivers will have the chance to attend several breakout sessions on topics such as combatting fraud and scams, home and medication safety tips, and taking a positive approach to caring for those with dementia. Breakouts sessions will take place before and after the keynote speech. Resource booths provided by local aging service organizations will be setup throughout the conference.

> Register to attend Striking a Balance.
> Find out more about the conference.

AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center is offering free off-site respite care for older adults by reservation. The center is at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin. To request respite, call AGE of Central Texas at 512-600-9275.

Air Quality program offers workshop on alternatives to gas powered vehicles for short trips

Thursday, August 08, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program will conduct a workshop for local government and transportation practitioners as well as policy makers to learn best practices and trends for using neighborhood electric vehicles to help reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion while increasing safety and access. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

By covering the topic of developing low-emission alternative networks lanes for low-speed and low- to no-emission vehicles, the workshop will focus on expanding mobility and meeting transportation goals. Facilitators for the workshop will led an interactive dialogue on how such transportation modes can improve safety, public health, equity and economic resilience. They also will discuss how other communities have implemented these transportation programs and possible funding opportunities for installing infrastructure.

> Register for the workshop.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG is offering people the ability to participate in this workshop virtually; however, you must register to recieve the information to join the workshop online.

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