September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

Check out Ready.gov/September for a list of strategies you and your family can make to be ready when disaster strikes.

Make sure you are signed up at WarnCentralTexas.org to get free Emergency Alerts right to your phone or email.

And for added protection check out the NFPA.org blog for more help guiding building owners and facility managers, first responders, health care facility managers, electrical professionals, and the public with even more preparedness tips.

Stryker Stair-PRO

The Blanco County Emergency Services District No. 2 has undertaken a risk reduction project to keep the emergency personnel healthy and reduce the chances of job-related injury. Patient handling in stairways and other tight spaces may be some of the most dangerous patient-care situations that emergency responders face.

These situations come with a real potential for back injury. Strain on the back from lifting and lowering patients down stairs can add up over time. Reviewing loss/injury records reveals that many times injuries or episodes of pain are the result of bringing overweight or obese patients up or down stairs and repeatedly moving patients, even those who are not overweight, over stairs. With 1 in 4 EMS workers suffering a career-ending back injury within the first four years of employment in the US alone, we are seeking options that help reduce this risk. The old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and the ounce in this case is a stair chair. The implementation of the Stryker Stair-PRO stair chair could reduce the risk of injury to medics, firefighters and patients during stairway transport.

Through a generous GVTC grant, we received funds to purchase one stair chair ($3,643.95 value as of 1/27/20) but need one for each ambulance. Therefore, we are seeking funding for two (2) additional stair chairs ($7,287.90) so that we can put the power to help reduce the risk back in our hands! If you are aware of any funding sources for this project, please contact the Blanco Co Fire & EMS Auxiliary by email at blancofireems@gmail.com. Thank you!

Reduce the Risk of Wildfire

Before a wildfire threatens your area…

In and around your home

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website.
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
  • Learn more about how to protect your home and property at www.firewise.org.

Creating an emergency plan

  • Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification.
  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
  • Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on NFPA’s emergency planning webpage.

In your community:

  • Contact your local planning/zoning office to find out if your home is in a high wildfire risk area, and if there are specific local or county ordinances you should be following.
  • If you are part of a homeowner association, work with them to identify regulations that incorporate proven preparedness landscaping, home design and building material use.
  • Talk to your local fire department about how to prepare, when to evacuate, and the response you and your neighbors can expect in the event of a wildfire.
  • Learn about wildfire risk reduction efforts, including how land management agencies use prescribed fire to manage local landscapes.
  • Learn how you can make a positive difference in your community. 

Free Covid-19 Testing

There are reports from people who have been tested at freestanding ERs of bills exceeding $6,000 for a COVID-19 test. If you decide you need to be tested the above link is a good resource or you can register locally in Blanco and our local EMS will test you for free. If you are asymptomatic you may have to wait behind others who have symptoms. To register, go online to: BlancoCOVIDTest.org. If you have a problem registering please call 844.868.8308.

SPECIAL NOTICE (06/30/2020)

The laboratory is currently over capacity due to increased demand. As such, today we are testing symptomatic patients only. If you do NOT currently have symptoms, your testing registration will be placed onto a ‘STANDBY’ list, and you will be contacted once the lab has capacity for asymptomatic patients. Capacity will be reviewed weekdays at noon.

IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE SYMPTOMS, please continue with registration. Patients with current symptoms will continue to be prioritized and tested immediately (typically same day).

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, you are required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless if you are tested and regardless of your test results.

If you have questions regarding testing, please call our hotline at (844) 868-8308.

Covid-19 Testing on 5/2/2020

MOBILE TEST COLLECTION will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 starting at 8:00 am at LBJ High School, 505 N. Nugent Ave, Johnson City. You must register: txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Tests are conducted by appointment only. You must be symptomatic and will be screened to see if you have: Fever and/or Chills; Cough; Fatigue; Body Aches/Muscle or Joint Pain; Shortness of Breath; Sore Throat; Headaches; Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea; Nasal Congestion; Loss of Taste and/or Smell.

Pruebas para detector el COVID-19, Sabado, 2 de Mayo de 2020 abre a las 8:00 am, LBJ High School, 505 N. Nugent Ave, Johnson City. Para concertar un cita: txcovidtest.org; 512-883-2400. Se requieren un cita para la prueba. Debe tener uno o mas sintomas para hacerse la prueba – Fiebre o escalofrios; Tos; Fatiga; Dolores de cuerpo; Dificultad para respirar; Dolor de garganta; Jaqueca; Nausea, vonito o diarrhea; Congestion nasal.

Fire & EMS Gun Raffle Is Over!

Firearm     

Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm carbine, Tan – Sponsored by: Ruvalcabas Paving Co
Diamondback DB15 Rifle 300 Blackout – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Browning 1911-381 Black Label Pistol – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Browning A-Bolt 3 Hunter 6.5 Creedmor – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Remington 870 Express 20 ga pink camo – Sponsored by: Petersen Tire

Congratulations to the winners! (As of now, all winners have been contacted.)
Winning numbers:
0087, 0425, 0750, 0756, 1923

Hill Country Heartbeat 5k Run

Blanco, TX – May 2, 2020

This Event has been Canceled out of precaution of Covid-19.

Be kind to your heart!  Join us for a 5K run (or walk!) in the beautiful town of Blanco, Texas. Placement medals, t-shirts, food, beverages and a great time are waiting for you!

Run registration is thru Athlete Guild at www.athleteguild.com.

All proceeds of the Hill Country Heartbeat 5K run will go to Blanco Fire & EMS Auxiliary.  We thank you for your support!

2020 Annual Fire/EMS Fish Fry

This Event has been canceled out of precaution of Covid-19.

at Yett Park, Blanco, TX – Saturday, April 4, 2020

4:00pm – 7:00 pm

It’s time for the Annual Fire/EMS Fish Fry at Yett Park on Hwy 281.  Please join us at this annual FUNDRAISING event for fabulous fish and fixin’s, live music from The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, gun raffle, silent auction and kids events! 

This event is hosted by the Blanco Fire & EMS  Auxiliary.  All proceeds will be used to equip and support emergency services.  We thank you for your support!

AMAZON SMILE

We are now on Amazon Smile! Did you know that you can donate to Blanco County Emergency Services Auxiliary, supporting your Blanco Fire & EMS, without affecting your Amazon purchase? You can! All you need to do is to go into Amazon Smile, select us using the full name above and then start shopping! Your purchase price will not be affected but Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to our organization on your behalf. It’s so easy and we truly appreciate your help! Thank you on behalf of your Blanco First Responders!