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Lewisville's CodeRED Emergency Notification System

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/11 21:10:00 (1002 reads)

Several months back, I signed up all of my family's telephone numbers for the city's new emergency notification system, "CodeRed". The system is designed to act as sort of a reverse version of 911, so that the emergency personnel can reach out to citizens when there is a vital need to get safety information out.

Last night as the emergency sirens were sounding, and the weather was getting bad, I wasn't thinking about whether I would get a call. But earlier today, the morning after the storm, Emergency Management Coordinator, Summer Wilhelm used the system to announce the city's debris removal plan.

I spoke to Ms. Wilhelm earlier today to ask about when the city would use the system.

Wilhelm explained that for severe weather, there are two primary means of emergency notification: NOAA Emergency Weather Alert Radios and the city's emergency siren system.

Sirens are not generally meant to be heard indoors, and are primarily an Outdoor Warning System:

Communities develop an outdoor warning system to alert and notify citizens in outdoor areas of emergency situations. These situations include but may not be limited to natural emergencies, transportation accidents involving hazardous materials, emergencies at fixed facilities, acts of terrorism or other catastrophic events in which the community needs to be informed immediately. Citizens in indoor areas should not mistakenly wait to hear a siren as their only source of warning information. A NOAA All Hazards Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology is a good method of receiving warning messages indoors. Additionally, some communities maintain other warning systems to alert citizens indoors.

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Lewisville Post-storm Cleanup

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/11 11:39:22 (984 reads)

Open in new windowThe City of Lewisville announced that it will have special debris cleanup procedures:

Removal of Debris Generated from June 10th Storms

The City of Lewisville will be assisting residents with removal of debris created by June 10’s thunderstorms.
Trees, limbs and debris can be moved to the front curb or delivered to one of eight dumpster locations around the city. City crews cannot enter private property to remove limbs or debris. Structural debris and other trash items are not to be included.
Due to the scope of the storm, curbside debris will be removed within a week to two weeks.
Items too large to be picked up and placed in the dumpsters at the eight locations can be placed near the dumpster. Dumpsters should be in place by 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11.
The locations include:
1. Lewisville High School Parking Lot – Main Street
2. Garden Ridge Elementary – Garden Ridge and Cascade
3. Huffines Middle School – Valley Parkway
4. Delay Middle School – Purnell and Charles
5. LL Woods Park Parking Lot – Arbour and Oakcreek Drive
6. Memorial Park Parking Lot – Corporate and Valley
7. Kealy Service Center – 1100 N. Kealy
8. Villas at Wellington Subdivision – Bellaire Boulevard and Valley Parkway


Anyone who has lost a pet during the storm should contact the Lewisville Animal Shelter:

City of Lewisville Animal Shelter
851 Treatment Plant Rd
Lewisville, TX 75029
www.cityoflewisville.com
Phone: 972-219-3478

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Video of tonight's storm fun in Lewisville

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/11 0:40:00 (1071 reads)



Our friend and occasional contributor, Txsharon got video of a Denton County gas well burning after a lightning strike. As soon as she gets that posted, we'll share it here.

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Updated: Woman Killed Running in Traffic on Freeway This Morning

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/10 13:30:00 (1000 reads)

From the Dallas Morning News:

An officer on patrol saw a woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, standing in the middle of the service road around 1:40 a.m., police said.

Lewisville police Capt. Todd Taylor said the officer had to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the woman. He then stopped and got out of the vehicle to talk with her, asking her why she was in the middle of the road and if she needed assistance.

She then darted into the northbound lanes of traffic before a tractor trailer struck her near Valley Ridge Boulevard.


Update: Audio recording of 911 call. The truck driver is obviously in shock.

It bothers us greatly the amount of insensitive comments that the Dallas Morning News has allowed to be posted on the incident. God forbid that you should ever be an innocent witness to an incident like this.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.

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R.I.P. Dr. John Gossett

Blogs and Columns
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/10 0:00:00 (1279 reads)

Former Denton County Democratic Party Chair, Dr. John Gossett, passed away early Sunday morning. His memorial service will be held on Monday, June 15, at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Denton.

Dr. Gossett served as Party chairman in 2006-2007.

In lieu of flowers, John's wife Karen requested he be honored through donations to the John S. Gossett Memorial Debate Scholarship through the Department of Communication Studies, 1155 Union Circle #205268, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203-5268.

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Democrats Reel in Candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House at Dual County Fish Fry

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/9 23:42:42 (1283 reads)

Democrats from Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Carrollton, and surrounding towns can join fellow party members at the First Dual County Fish Fry. The event is jointly organized by the Denton County and Collin County Democratic Parties and will be held on June 19, 2009, between 7:00 p.m and 9:30 p.m. at the Meyers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, in McKinney.

The fish fry includes four Texas Democratic speakers who have announced exploratory committees that allow them to raise money to run for state and national office. They are Denton attorney Neil Durrance for U.S. Congress; John Sharp, former Texas State Comptroller, for U.S. Senate; and gubernatorial candidates Mark Thompson, and Tom Schieffer. Tom Schieffer, a Ft. Worth attorney, served as U.S ambassador to Australia and Japan. The one-time part owner of the Texas Rangers is the younger brother of news anchor Bob Schieffer.

The Dual Fish Fry features fried catfish, hush puppies, cole slaw and ice tea. Kosher and vegetarian dinners are available. Reservations are $25 per person or $250 for a table. Reservations can be made through www.actblue.com/page/dualfishfry or by contacting Jace Reeder at Denton County Democratic HQ at 940.566.1165

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New Addition to the Blogroll: TexasVOX

Blogs and Columns
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/9 22:18:00 (717 reads)

Folks, please welcome the latest addition to our Blogroll: TexasVOX, the voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

Citizen Sarah of TexasVOX is the newest member of the Texas Progressive Alliance.

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Hammer Dance Flash Mob

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/8 17:50:21 (1107 reads)

Group of dancers wearing Hammer Pants flashmob a trendy store and surprise hipsters in skinny jeans.


So, how long do you think they practiced that coreography?

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Sunday Morning Miscelleny

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/7 10:33:38 (1977 reads)

Humiliation?
Yesterday, I heard from Don Tracey, who passed along this link: Barack Obama's Top 10 Apologies: How the President Has Humiliated a Superpower
I've tried, but I have a hard time understanding the mentality that speaking truthfully and with humility about the history of our country and its past actions somehow humiliates us or makes us less superpowerful.

It's been my opinion that it is impossible to be humiliated unless one lacks humility. Humiliation is the act of taking someone down a notch when they have a disconnect between their opinion of themselves and the opinions of others.

I read all of the "apologies" and just didn't see where any of them were anything other than humble acknowledgements of the truth. To me, I can't see how this does anything other than help repair our relationships with other nations.

Acoustic Jam in Lewisville
I've added a new item to the WhosPlayin community calendar: Friday night acoustic jams in Lewisville. Every Friday night in Lewisville at 7pm, the Visual Arts League of Lewisville is hosting these jam sessions at its gallery on the Northwest corner of Fox ave. and I-35E.

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AARP Urges Burgess to Act Decisively on On Health Care

Letters
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/6 23:03:47 (3286 reads)

(Ed. Note: The following post is by neighbor and longtime Lewisville resident Kathy Aljoe, who is a volunteer for the American Association of Retired People.)

As the national conversation on health care reform reaches a tipping point, AARP volunteers in Lewisville are asking to have a conversation with Congressman Michael Burgess and his staff about the need for Congress to pass legislation to reform our health care system this year.

The national debate on health care reform has reached the moment of truth. Unemployment continues to rise, and skyrocketing medical costs are squeezing individuals, families, businesses, government and the nation as a whole. The nation’s broken health care system has finally reached the top of the nation’s agenda, and it’s time to tackle the problem.

In a recent TeleTown-hall meeting, Representative Burgess said that he prefers a consumer directed health plan, where employees contribute a small amount from each paycheck to be used when medical expenses arise. Consumers currently have this option; it’s called a medical savings account. The real problem is that many Americans can’t afford to set aside additional money for health care when they are already grappling with sky high premiums and deductibles.

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