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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas TO HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 228 14 pages in I sections October 5 1999 HpT TT A V ServinS Comal County since 1852 50 Prevention matters Fire officials take critical message to local classrooms New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedic specialist Robert Stevenson displays a full set of fire Frazier Elementary on Monday morning at BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Firefighters might look like the Star Wars bad guy Darth Vader with all their gear but kids shouldnt be scared New Braunfels Fire and Rescue offi cials warned Monday Never hide from a fireman because it makes it really really hard to find paramedic specialist Jack Ward told students at Frazier Elementary School The students didnt seem too scared Monday morning instead they eagerly stretched out their hands to touch the uniforms complete with boots pants vests hoods masks and gloves Ward and five other employees from Station No 3 were at the school for Fire Prevention Month designated to commemorate two major fires in October 1871 The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people left homeless and destroyed more than build ings The fire in Wisconsin burned million acres and killed people And now an average of three chil dren die each day in house fires Fire Chief Jack Collier said To help prevent these travesties fire and rescue officials from all six sta tions will visit every school in New Braunfels and Comal school districts during October The fire department also is giving tours of the central fire station and sponsoring an essay contest and fire truck building contest At Frazier Elementary Ward used puppet shows to teach students about fire safety A bluecapped puppet named Stan sang a rock and roll chorus explaining what to do if you catch on fire Stop See Fire Prevention and Survival Tips Spring for ward and fall back should mean more than changing your clocks twice a year also replace the bat teries in your smoke detector and test it at those times Replace your smoke detector every 10 years Plan and practice several home escape routes in case of a fire Remember you might have to crawl out in the early morning hours when youre half asleep Designate a meeting place outside maybe by the mailbox Fee the door with the back of your hand before opening if its hot dont open it Use another escape route If you can use the door close it behind you to help stall the fire Stay low Smoke and heat rise Keep the furnace chim ney and appli ances in work ing order Comal NB denied flood grant funds BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Federal grant money to fund flood prevention projects prob ably will not be coming to New Braunfels and Comal County The 75 percent percent local matching grant money was made available recently for areas hit hard by this past Octobers flood Jo Moss spokeswoman for the Texas Division of Emer gency Management said the two local entities had no chance at this point to receive any of the million in fed eral flood grant money DEM officials recently fin ished their priority list and are helping various entities whose projects fell high on the priority list fill out appli cations to forward to the Fed eral Emergency Management Agency The city and countys requests fell into the fourth of six categories of priorities Moss said Funding ran out in the second category Our priority was requests to move people out of harms she said And requests that helped people with no place to All 44 requests asking for more than million will be given to FEMA Moss said But chances are they will go with OEMs recommenda she said The top priority category was disaster relief and hous ing needs the second priority category was land acquisition This second category helps jurisdictions in buying prop erty in floodplains and pre venting further development in those areas Moss said she was not sure how many projects DEM rec ommended for funding The city of New Braunfels asked for million to use toward various flood tion projects including three projects also requested by die county The joint projects million dam and mifc lion flood dam on the Guadalupe River and a million flood dam on the Dry Comal Creek H City manager Mike Shandy said the projects were the top priority The two entities would have split 25 percent cost share hp said The county also requested million for other The city requested m lion in additional projects Its very Shands said Monday They must have felt like other arealg needed it but I felt we had a strong Despite this the county might have some money coming its way DEM has recommended FEMA that Comal County receive million for acqui sition projects in the county through a different grant fro gram County engineer Tom Homseth said the county would use the money to buy struc tures in various floodplains in Bulverde Solms and toe Blan co Creek area But the countys other pro jects werent so lucky Were going to Homseth said Well ruiwT these projects one way or Residents roll up their sleeves to fight flu bug Comal health department urges vaccinations before onset of season BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Y2K is not the only bug resi dents should worry about as they prepare to ring in the New Year Another critter is about to pay a visit bringing with it a rather unpleasant round of fever chills sore throat cough and headache The influenza virus causes thousands of deaths each mostly among the elderly said Nanette Burkhardt of Comal County Health Department Flu season runs from Novem ber to March or April of each year To prevent a nasty bought with the virus residents are encour aged to get influenza vaccina tions before the flu season begins Because flu shots require two weeks to develop protection res idents are advised to get immu nized as soon as possible The flu is caused by a very contagious virus that spreads from infected persons to the noses or throats of others Although most people are only sick with the flu for a few days some people can become seri ously ill and require hospitaliza tion Burkhardt said In 1995 cases of flu were reported in Comal County Since then Comal County Health Department has promoted immu nization heavily in order to bring that number down Burkhardt said This past year the health department administered more than shots resulting in only 104 reported cases of flu for the entire county The flu vaccine lasts for one Donald Perliski 67 gets his annual flu shotatWalgreens on Monday from Personal Touch registered nurse Brenda Maese City targets unsafe house BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials found numerous health and fire code violations recently in a vacant unsecured house on Texas 46 home to rodents disease and piles of trash measuring two feet deep City officials expressed several concerns about the property at 1 1 12 Texas 46 in Guadalupe County Because it is unsecured with unlocked doors and gates and broken windows anyone could access the structure city attorney Floyd Akers 46 INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 7A 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A 8A Key cods NBISD to canvass election results FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will meet tonight to canvass the election returns of the Oct 2 bond election and to consider canceling the district 3 trustee election Trustees will meet 7 at the Educa tion Center 430 W Mill to appoint a committee from the board to canvass and tabulate the results of the million bond election District patrons passed the bond proposition with an almost two to one margin Saturday night The bond garnered 65 percent of the voteSj with in support and 902 voung against About 12 percent or of the registered voters m NBISD turned out for the The board also will considejr declaring Lee Edwards an unoppoacjdl candidate in district 3 trustee nof and approve an order declaring elected to office 7 Sue Hahn and Jim Gabbard running for district 5 sett board in the Nov 2 election voting for the election begins 18
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