How Would You Respond During a Shooting?
We're all a little rattled after the shootings a cross our country  recently. Be empowered! Join your Plano Police Department for a FREE Active Shooter Preparedness training class on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. This two-hour training is hosted at the Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. 
 
Active shooter incidents cannot be predicted but they can be prepared for. The City of Plano trains its police, fire, dispatch and other emergency personnel how to respond effectively to active shooter incidents. Now we are empowering our residents to respond to and survive an active shooter incident with materials from the ALERRT Center at Texas State University and the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security . Get instructed on what to do should you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation. Learn how to use the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" and "Run, Hide, Fight" strategies. Training and educating the public on active shooter response is a critical component of preparing the entire community and reducing the loss of life when an active shooter attacks.  This is a free event. Anyone interested can  sign up through Eventbrite .

Check Out eMagazines from Your Plano Public Library
 
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All you need is your FREE Plano Public Library card and you can leave magazine subscriptions to the library. We recently added Flipster to our  eMagazine offerings , which already included RB Digital. Find popular titles such as People Magazine, Cooking Light, Essence, Forbes, Time, Men's Health, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Seventeen and many more. You can even be notified when the latest issue arrives.  Get your library card  and start downloading.

Watch Out for Holiday Pet Hazards
While you are busy making your festive plans for the holidays, don't forget to include your pets. A little precaution and prevention makes the holidays a happy time for everyone. Some common holiday pet hazards include:
  • Bones: The holiday turkey or chicken will leave a lot of tantalizing bones, but don't feed them to your pet. Beware of steak bones too. Small bones or chips can lodge in the throat, stomach and intestinal tract.
  • Fat: Those wonderful potato latkes (watch the hot oil), gravies, and poultry skin can cause severe gastrointestinal upset as well.
  • Holiday plants: Holly and mistletoe are poisonous when eaten. The lovely poinsettia may not be truly poisonous, but its milky white sap and leaves can certainly cause severe gastric distress. With so many hybrid varieties available each year, the best approach is to keep the plants out of your pet's reach. 
  • Electrical cords: Holiday lights mean more electrical cords for kittens and puppies to chew. Be sure you have cords secured and out of the way. 
  • Candles: Lighted candles should never be left unattended and that is even more important if left at kitty's eye level or within puppy's chewing zone. An exuberant tail, a swat of a paw, and candles and hot wax can quickly become disastrous. Anchor candles securely and away from curious faces and feet. 
  • Pine needles: Check around holiday trees and boughs frequently. Ingested pine needles can puncture your pet's intestines if sharp enough. 
  • Holiday tree: Make sure your tree is well secured. If you have a tree climbing cat or a large dog with a happy tail, anchor the top of the tree to the wall, using strong cord or rope. Preservatives often used in the water in a tree stand can cause gastric upset, so be sure it is not accessible or not used. Avoid sugar and aspirin additives in the water as well. 
  • Ornaments: Sharp or breakable ornaments, dreidels and even aluminum foil should be kept out of reach. String objects, especially tinsel and ribbons are to be safeguarded at all costs. They are thin and sharp and can wrap around intestines or ball up in the stomach. 
  • Stress and company: Make sure your pets have collars and tags on in case of escape. Ask guests to keep an eye out for pets underfoot and remind them your normally friendly dog or cat may be less than willing to deal with enthusiastic children and rooms full of unfamiliar people. Provide a special quiet place with a blanket and fresh water for your pets to retreat to when the festivities get too stressful. 
Happy holidays from your Plano Animal Shelter! We look forward to helping you find a new furry family member in the new year.

Leanne Wins "Thankful/Giving Back" Photo Contest
"I'm so incredibly thankful for those who've served! This was a breathtaking site this afternoon," wrote Leanne in her photo caption. We couldn't have said it better. Leanne is our November #LovePlano photo contest winner. She'll be rewarded with dinner for two from Norma's Cafe and a $50 Visa gift card to share with a friend or charity of her choice.

Share your "Magical Moments" in the December #LovePlano photo contest and you just might win a hotel stay at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park courtesy of Visit Plano. You cannot win if you don't hashtag your moments with #LovePlano on Instagram and Twitter.

City Council Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings are the first and third Mondays of the month. All  agendas and minutes are posted online.  Watch the meetings live on Spectrum  Channel 16, Frontier FiOS Channel 30 and 31, or anytime at planotv.org.
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Senior Rec Center Breaks Ground Wednesday!
The Plano Senior Recreation Center expansion breaks ground tomorrow - Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., 401 W. 16th St. We hope to see you there.
Protect Your Holiday Packages 
Package theft is everywhere this holiday season. Don't be a victim, plan ahead with tips from this Plano Police Department video! 
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Plano Joe unpacks the facts about traffic lights and answers the question "Why is traffic in Plano SO BAD!? And what can be done to FIX IT!?   Watch the latest  #AskPlano video on Traffic Lights

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