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July 2017
Evacuation Planning: How One Community Got Started

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After a severe storm and a structure fire revealed its vulnerabilities, the rural community of Eagle's Nest, MN, took a hard look at emergency preparedness and started an evacuation plan. Read the story at the blog of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. The network is the result of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the   Watershed Research and Training Center, and the USDA Forest Service.
Before the Storm: Create a Family Emergency Communication Plan

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The Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun. In the event of a storm, knowing where your loved ones are and how to get in touch with them will give you peace of mind. Planning starts with collecting contact information, sharing it with every family member, and practicing your plan. Use a detailed outline to help you create your family communication plan, and learn more from the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide, both at FEMA's Web site.

A Look at the Incidence of Lyme Disease
(Source: Centers for Disease Control)
Where on the map do you live? Each dot on this map from the Centers for Disease Control represents one case of Lyme disease. Remember to protect yourself against biting insects and ticks. See reviews of insect repellents at the Consumer Reports Web site.  
Give Your Body a Break From the Heat

Did you know your body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces? Most of the time, you're hardly aware of it --- unless your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle, as can happen during hot weather. The heat-related illnesses of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage, and even death. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.
Consider Joining the Engage! Community of Practice
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The "Engage!" community and mailing list are open are to all who are looking to be inspired and learn more about how to effectively engage the public. Learn new skills, meet other "engagers," and share your successes and lessons learned. Read the latest Engage! Community of Practice Update and subscribe . If you decide the community is not for you it is just as easy to unsubscribe
Upcoming Meeting

National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting, September 18-21, 2017, Charleston, WV.   Learn more and register at the regonline Web site.
Job Vacancy: Environmental Education Outreach Specialist

ERT is seeking a support person for the NOAA Environmental Science Training Center in Oxford, MD.  View details  

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