Volume 3, Number 45, November 6, 2006
With Veterans Day coming up this weekend, I am urging all Floridians to take time to pray for all of our service men and women, those who have served in the past and those who are serving now. With Thanksgiving and other important holidays just around the corner, it is fitting that we start by reflecting on what was and still is required to ensure we continue to enjoy all the freedoms and traditions we share.
On Tuesday, our nation’s citizens will have the opportunity to go to the polls and elect their leaders for local, state and national positions. Our service men and women have answered the call to protect our nation, its people, and all the rights and freedoms this country represents.
This Veterans Day, honor our service men and women by honoring one of the greatest freedoms they protect – our right to vote.
-- Tom Gallagher
HELPING SENIORS AT THE SENIOR EXPO
Free preliminary eye examinations for senior citizens were performed by the Wal-Mart Optical Center. Local and national non-profits made sure senior citizens were informed about services available in the community.
Arlene Chrisman, who suffers from lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease, had never found out about the area lupus support group until the expo. The Lupus Support Network was there to lend a helping hand to Mrs. Chrisman. “I’m so glad I came out today,” said Mrs. Chrisman. “Thank you for having this event which has really made a change in my life.”
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS HURRICANE DAMAGE SIMULATION
Florida has experienced the unexpected so far this hurricane season. With less than a month to go, no major storms have developed and it looks like Florida may get through the season unscathed. Now is the perfect time to strengthen your home for the possible occurrence of a storm.
The hurricane damage simulation in this video animation, courtesy of the Associated Press, shows the relative danger and damage to a home as the intensity of a storm increases. http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_national/hurricanes/
The Saffir-Simpson Scale
measures hurricane intensity by the storm's
average wind speed and divides hurricanes into
five categories, with Category 1 being the
mildest and Category 5 the most intense.
It is used to give an estimate of the potential
property damage and flooding expected along the
coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is
the determining factor in the scale, as storm
surge values are highly dependent on the slope
of the continental shelf and the shape of the
coastline in the landfall region.
Visit www.mysafefloridahome.com for details on this state-funded program, which is now taking applications for home inspections.
GALLAGHER URGES FLORIDIANS TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY AS FIRST WINDS OF WINTER BEGIN
As the state begins to feel the first winds of winter, State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher is urging Floridians to keep safety in mind when cranking up the fireplace or space heater, including making sure that smoke detectors are working.
“It is critical that Floridians
take precautions to ensure they are ready for the cold weather, including
cleaning heaters and fireplaces before the first use,” Gallagher said.
“Disaster can occur in seconds, but following a few safety tips will keep
your family safe.”
For more fire safety tips, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com and follow the prompts for the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
GOVERNOR JEB BUSH PROCLAIMS NOVEMBER "HIRE A VETERAN MONTH"
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