EDINBURG – Emergency preparedness fairs will be held at county Community Resource Centers beginning Wednesday. The annual fairs are designed to assist residents in planning for weather-related emergencies.

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, who also serves as the county’s Emergency Management Director, said Dare to Prepare serves to provide tools to residents that will help them better prepare for disasters.

“With hurricane season underway, it is important for residents to be informed and prepared before disaster strikes,” said Garcia. “Preparation goes beyond putting together a kit, among other things, it also involves removing debris, which contributes to flooding, and knowing when to evacuate.” 

High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can potentially cause loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials, said Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña. 

Now in its ninth year, Dare to Prepare is a joint effort with the Texas A&M Colonias Program, Hidalgo County Office of Emergency Management, Commissioners Court, CRC directors, and local agencies and businesses. The fairs are free and open to the public.

The fairs are held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 6

 

Monte Alto CRC

 

25149 1st St., in Monte Alto

 

 

 

Thursday, June 7

 

San Juan CRC

 

509 E. Earling Rd. in San Juan

 

 

 

Friday, June 8

 

Endowment Community Center

 

107 N. Sunflower, in La Blanca

 

Wednesday, June 13

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 13

 

Progreso CRC

 

510 FM 1015, in Progreso

 

 

 

Friday, June 15

 

South Tower CRC

 

1429 S. Tower Rd in Alamo

 

For more information on Dare to Prepare please visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/DareToPrepare 

For more information on hurricane preparedness please visit: www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/AreYouPrepared