Tag Archives: Be Prepared

League City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents ‘The New Normal: Life in a Threatening World’

PRESS RELEASE

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.15.32 AMIn our lifetimes, the world has changed tremendously, and not all changes have been positive. Mankind’s treatment of one another has deteriorated to include ideological attacks on individuals for the sake of terror alone.

While not new in other countries, U.S. citizens have been primarily spared until recent years. Individuals now need to make a conscious effort to develop mindsets in how to protect themselves and their families, much as they do for natural disasters.

Nobel Laureate, best-selling author, highly decorated Retired Army Colonel and Counterterrorism Expert Robert Sholly will be the guest speaker on Thursday (Mar. 10) from 8:30am – 9:30am at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located at 2320 Gulf Freeway South in Houston.

To RSVP for this free event, email jane@LeagueCityChamber.com.

What Citizens Need to Know about Open Carry

By Cpl. Bryan Proctor, Cleburne Police Department, Cleburne, Texas

The Texas Concealed Handgun Law passed in 1996. As of December 31, 2014 there were 825,957 active license holders in Texas.

Prior to January 1, 2016, all license holders were Concealed Handgun License Holders (CHL), meaning handguns must be carried in a concealed manner. After December 31, 2015 the Concealed Handgun License is changing to the License to Carry (LTC), meaning license holders may carry concealed or unconcealed (Open Carry). If a licensee is openly carrying a handgun, the handgun MUST be secured in a belt or shoulder holster.

Effective January 1, 2016, the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 46 will be amended. HB 910, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, will allow persons licensed to carry a handgun, under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code, to openly carry a handgun in the same places that allow the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun with some exceptions, provided the handgun is carried in a shoulder or belt holster. That means that Texas license holders can carry openly or concealed in any place not expressly prohibited by law. License holders may be subject to criminal charges for carrying a handgun in plain view unless carried in a shoulder or belt holster.

Examples of belt and shoulder holsters

Generally, What Places Can a License Holder NOT Carry a Handgun?

  • The physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted. Includes school bus, or school passenger transportation.
  • The premises of a government court or court offices utilized by the court.
  • A secured area of an airport
  • Open Carry Only – Anywhere there is a 30.07 sign posted
  • Concealed Carry Only – Anywhere there is a 30.06 sign posted
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30.06 Sign

A 30.06 sign prohibits concealed carry by a license holder onto the premises of an establishment posting the sign. The sign must meet the following standards:

 

  • 1-inch block lettering
  • Alternate, contrasting colors
  • Exact wording specified in code
  • English and Spanish
  • Posted prominently at every entrance of the premises
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30.07 Sign

A 30.07 sign prohibits unconcealed carry by a license holder onto the premises of an establishment posting the sign. The sign must meet the same standards as a 30.06 sign.

 

In a nutshell: Those persons that are licensed to carry a concealed handgun, may carry that handgun openly in a belt or shoulder holster starting January 1, 2016.

Can law enforcement stop and request license? Yes

  • Currently there is case law on both sides of the issue and the legislature chose not to address it. Future case law will address any issues arising from law enforcement.

Do I call 911 if I see someone with a handgun? It depends…

  • Does the person have it unholstered?
  • Is the person intoxicated?
  • Can you articulate the person is acting in a threatening manner?
  • Is the person violating the law in some way?
  • If in doubt, call 911 and give details. Police will respond if necessary.

For more information, visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/legal/n

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Thank you to Cpl. Proctor for sharing this information. He is the Problem Solving Team Supervisor and head of the Sex Offender Compliance Unit in Cleburne, TX. He is also a firearms training instructor in North Texas.

We Can’t Always Stop Disasters, But We Can Get Prepared

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PRESS RELEASE

Disasters like floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes are a harsh reality for our community and that’s why the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is urging families to develop an emergency plan and kit on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30.

“It’s very important for families to take the time to develop a plan and kit for when an emergency or disaster strikes,” said Randy Valcin GCHD Manager of Disease and Disaster. “For those who have already prepared their families, this is a good time to revisit the plan and emergency kit.”

Have a plan addressing:

  • What to do in case of a fire, flood, or tornado
  • Where to meet if separated
  • Who to call as emergency contacts

Have a kit with:

  • At least three days of food and water
  • A battery operated flashlight and radio
  • Other items included here: http://www.texasprepares.org/english/disaster_kit_list.pdf
  • A document bag with:
    • Current photo IDs, driver licenses, birth records, Social Security cards, passports
    • Photos of family members in case you get separated
    • Health insurance and prescription cards
    • Medical records, medications and dosages
    • Phone numbers (family, friends, doctors)
    • Bank account information
    • Wills
    • Insurance documents (homeowner, renter, flood, life)
    • Property deeds, leases, loan documents
    • Inventory of household possessions and their value
    • Backup computer files (on a CD, DVD, USB drive)
    • Copies of important keys
    • Utility bills (to prove where you live)

Managed and sponsored by the Ready campaign, National PrepareAthon! Day is the culmination of National Preparedness Month. The campaign is designed to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship.

More information and preparedness tips are available by visiting texasprepares.org and ready.gov/prepare.

City of Pearland Hurricane Preparedness Message

Texas weather is unpredictable. With the start of Hurricane Season, Pearland residents are urged to plan ahead to ensure they are prepared if a storm hits the area. The City of Pearland hurricane preparedness page at pearlandtx.gov/preparedness provides up-to-the-minute news and preparedness tips just in time for hurricane season.

Residents are also encouraged to attend the Brazoria County Preparedness Expo on July 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds (901 S. Downing, Angleton, Texas 77515). There will be presentations by Ready Heroes, the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management personnel with topics including general preparedness, evacuation and more.

“There are simple steps everyone can take to be ready and visiting our preparedness Web page can help residents know what steps to take to be prepared,” said Roland Garcia, Emergency Management Coordinator.

Preparedness is the key to protecting Pearland residents and property. By doing so, residents ensure that they will be ready if a hurricane threatens the Pearland area. By knowing areas of vulnerability and what actions to take, citizens will be prepared in the event of an emergency. Visit pearlandtx.gov/preparedness for tips and information and take the following steps:

Pick up a copy of the 2015 Brazoria County Hurricane Preparedness Guide at a City facility.

Visit readyhoustontx.gov for regional disaster preparedness information.

Register in advance, before a storm is in the Gulf, for transportation assistance by dialing 2-1-1.

For ideas on developing emergency plans and supply kits, log on to texasprepares.org.

To catch the latest weather information, check the National Weather Service Web site at nws.noaa.gov.

View the Texas Department of Transportation’s Hurricane Information Web site – drivetexas.org, for information on road conditions during or after a storm.

Prepare your home and family by doing the following:

  • Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
  • Review hurricane evacuations maps and select a route for you and your family.
  • Plan how family members and pets will evacuate safely.
  • Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
  • Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.