Bell County Office of Emergency Management coordinates with a variety of partners to build, sustain
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Bell County and Central Texas Council of Governments are hosting a Tire Disposal Event on April 29th-30th. Drop off site will be the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W Loop 121 in Belton. See the flyer for disposal fees; Cash or Check only.
April 23rd thru April 25th certain emergency preparedness supplies are tax exempt. See the link below for a list of qualifying items.
For those directly impacted by the Cedar Valley Tornado (southwest of Salado) on 04/12/2022 a Multi-Agency Resource Center is being held at the Salado Civic Center from 10 am to 6 pm both Friday and Saturday. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with volunteer groups that can assist with both short and long-term recovery needs; clothing, food bank information, clean-up, and more.
*Bell County, the Multi-Agency Resource Center, and the Salado Civic Center is NOT accepting physical or monetary donations.
There is a chance of more strong winds, heavy rains, and hail. Check local forecasts for updates as the weekend progresses.
A slow-moving front will help generate a chance of showers and storms over the weekend, mainly for areas along and east of I-35. The best chances should be Sunday as an upper level disturbance moves overhead. A severe storm or two may occur each day. Otherwise, seasonable temperatures can be expected.
Ask for a solicitor permit and multiple references.
After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves, and other criminals often attempt to take advantage of survivors. We encourage anyone affected by this week's tornados to watch for and report any suspicious activity.
Here are a few ways you can identify and report disaster fraud immediately.
Information Update for Salado/Cedar Valley Tornado -
If you are in need of assistance: Call 254-534-4562 Mon. thru Fri. from 8-5, *closed 4/16/22
Those wishing to donate services or goods: Call to leave contact information 254-534-2217 Mon. thru Fri. from 8-5, *closed 4/16/22
Bell County is NOT accepting physical or monetary donations, any information about drop-off sites for donations are set up by other organizations or private individuals. Bell County Emergency Management and responders on scene continue to work to remove debris and restore utilities. We appreciate the communities desire to assist those impacted and ask you to reach out via the numbers above.
Update for those wishing to assist or in need of assistance due to severe weather/tornadoes that impacted Bell County on April 12th. Bell County has issued a Local Disaster Declaration due to the damage caused and response efforts.
Those in need of assistance: Call 254-534-4562 Mon. thru Fri. from 8-5
Those wishing to donate services or goods: Call 254-534-2217 Mon. thru Fri. from 8-5
Response efforts are ongoing in the Salado area with assistance from mutual aid agencies, both local and state. For the safety and efficiency of recovery efforts some roads are closed while debris removal continues and utilities are being restored.
Photos from US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas's post
Bell County first responders, utility providers, and public works are on scene in Salado to help with the response efforts. We appreciate the quick response by state and local agencies.
At this time NO volunteers are needed. The communities willingness to help is appreciated but as efforts to remove debris, restore power, and assess damage continue please stay away from the scene to ensure the safety of all working.
If you would like to assist please seek out a reputable VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to donate to or volunteer with.
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Please ensure the area around your home and/or business is safe before assessing damage. If your home or business was damaged by severe weather (hail, tornado, wind, flooding) please submit an online damage assessment survey using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT): damage.tdem.texas.gov
This is not an insurance claim, it helps state and local officials assess needs for response and recovery efforts!
TDEM field response personnel are on the ground supporting local officials in communities impacted by tornados, large hail and damaging wind this evening.
When it’s safe to do so, TDEM encourages Texans who have experienced damage to homes or businesses to submit an online damage assessment survey using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT): damage.tdem.texas.gov
US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas - Tuesday afternoon and evening is our primary window of concern for severe storms. Large hail is the main threat. Another round of storms possible Wednesday morning too along a front. Unfortunately not everyone will see rain, and those that do may not appreciate what comes with it (threats of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes).
In the event of severe weather be sure you are signed up for emergency notifications (https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFF2144C1EE5) and use trusted sources for accurate weather information. Have a plan for where to shelter in your home.
Through Wednesday: Increased risk of severe weather across North/Central/East Texas.
⛈Potential for: high winds, large hail, flooding and tornados.
Stay weather aware!
🚨Register for local weather alerts
📲Charge mobile devices
🔋Keep batteries and 🔦flashlight handy
Wildfire activity is expected to gradually increase throughout the week, as periodic critical fire weather occurs where very dry vegetation is present across West and South Texas.
Since January 1, 2022, Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments have responded to 3,018 wildfires that burned 403,711 acres. This total includes 978 wildfires in the month of March that burned 348,403 acres.
It is crucial, that residents take action around their home to reduce wildfire risk. Texas A&M Forest Service encourages Texans to take the following steps around their homes today to reduce the risk of wildfire:
🔥 Within the first 30 feet of your home, use non-flammable landscaping materials. Within the first five feet, water plants, trees and mulch regularly, and consider xeriscaping if you are affected by water restrictions.
🔥 A healthy, well-maintained landscape is important to the survival of homes during a wildfire. Make sure your plants are carefully spaced, low growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn easily.
🔥 Remove dead vegetation from under the deck of your home and within 10 feet of the house.
🔥 Prune your trees so that low-hanging branches do not touch the ground.
Stay wildfire aware. If a wildfire is spotted, immediately contact local authorities. A quick response can help save lives and property. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3DKgowV
Just a reminder, Bell County is currently under a burn ban and all outdoor burning is prohibited. To check the status of the burn ban, please call (254) 933-5555. A violation of this order is a class C misdemeanor, punishable by fine not to exceed $500.00.
Use extreme caution when cooking outdoors, avoid hot work such as welding or grinding, and always dispose of smoking materials in an approved manner.
*All burning is prohibited when winds are greater than 23 mph.
The weekend will observe much of the same windy and dry conditions. Temperatures starting in the 60s/70s on Friday will reach into the 80s/90s by Sunday. Cloud cover will increase on Sunday thanks to decent moisture return. Elevated fire weather conditions will occur each afternoon, especially for areas along/west of I-35.
Free Children's Walk-In Clinic opportunities for Bell County!
Photos from Texas Department of Insurance's post
Report damage to your home or business caused by severe weather at damage.tdem.texas.gov
This will help state officials assess the need for resources/assistance.
Be sure to make appropriate claims to your insurance provider as well.
After storms have passed and all US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas Watches and Warnings have expired please report storm related damages. Reports and pictures help identify areas in need of immediate assistance.
*This is not a substitute for filling a claim with your insurance provider.
TDEM Requests Texans Report Property Damage Caused By Severe Weather AUSTIN - With severe weather ripping through multiple regions of Texas, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) encourages citizens to report damage to property by submitting a damage assessment survey. Today's severe storms have already produced large hail, damaging winds and dangerous to...
Photos from US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas's post
With the ongoing threat for severe weather, you can monitor our rapid-fire severe weather updates on Twitter... even without a Twitter account! twitter.com/NWSFortWorth
Never put yourself in danger to report severe weather!
Reports can help forecasters, first responders, and emergency managers.
Strong/severe thunderstorms are expected later this afternoon and evening. We appreciate any reports you can safely share with us! Remember: NEVER put yourself in danger to report severe weather!
*We are still accepting applications, be sure to get them in by March 31st!
Now hiring Emergency Communications Specialists! Bell County is seeking 9-1-1 Calltakers/Dispatchers for Evening and Midnight shifts. We answer all 9-1-1 calls in Bell County and dispatch for 50+ first responder agencies. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
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Apply at: https://bellcounty.applicantpool.com/jobs/ by March 31st.
Wildfire Update – March 18, 2022 5:15 am
Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) firefighters worked alongside local responding agencies overnight on several wildfires that ignited yesterday.
Strong winds and critically dry grasses contributed to extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread across the landscape. Fire crews continued to focus on life safety and structure protection as well as constructing containment lines where possible.
- Eastland Complex, Eastland County - est. 39,883 acres, 2% contained
- Chico Lane Fire, Reagan County - est. 8,000 acres, 80% contained
- Edmunson Fire, Sterling County - est. 3,878 acres, 75% contained
- Hollywood Fire, Randall County - 166 acres, 90% contained
- Crews Gap Fire, Runnels County - est. 7,500 acres, 80% contained
- Burr Fire, Maverick County - est. 3,500 acres, 95% contained
Contained Fires (100%):
- Wells Fire, Archer County - 98 acres
- Los Olmos Fire, Kleberg County - 99 acres
- 3 Oaks Fire, Mills County - 3,512 acres
To view the Texas A&M Forest Service statewide active fire response map, navigate to https://public.tfswildfires.com.
For frequent incident updates, visit https://twitter.com/AllHazardsTFS.
The above information, and information on our Twitter page, reflects fires to which Texas A&M Forest Service is responding.
📷 Fire shows at night on the Eastland Complex in Eastland County on March 17, 2022. Photo courtesy of Matthew Whelan/TAMFS.
Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting a free vaccine clinic Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 at the North and Southbound Rest Areas - 16801 I-35, Salado Tx. No registration or insurance needed.
Spring is upon us! We'll have another threat for strong to severe storms this upcoming Monday. Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will all be possible. Make sure to check back through the weekend for additional information regarding the timing/location & more specific threats.
Thank you to US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas for conducting a SKYWARN Storm Spotter class last night for Bell County. There were 36 members of our community that attended and gained knowledge about how to assist @BellCountyOEM with weather reporting during the upcoming severe weather season. There is one more virtual training session available, visit https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap for more information.
Follow along with US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas for information about Severe Weather Awareness Week. Learn about how to be prepared for different types of severe weather as well as different weather terminology meanings.
On 15 March, Fort Hood will conduct an Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise (ERRE) in order to test the post's emergency systems. On this day, electrical power to nearly the entire installation will be cut. This power outage will last at least eight hours, not to exceed 12 hours.
Neither Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center nor Robert Gray Army Airfield should be affected by this exercise.
For more information, please visit forthoodpresscenter.com/poweroutage and be sure to follow us here on Facebook.
The Bell County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to extend the current burn ban through March 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm.
Bell County Emergency Management is hosting a National Weather Service SKYWARN class on March 8th at 6pm. Forecasters from the US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas will teach storm spotter training to help prepare spotters for the upcoming severe weather season. Registration at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094eafa62ea4f85-skywarn is required due to classroom size. For more information on the SKYWARN Program or to find a virtual class visit https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarn.
SKYWARN Bell County Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Do not drive on icy roads if possible. Check the weather forecast, road conditions, and local news for updates and any closures or delayed starts.
Warming Centers for City of Killeen, Texas - Government and City of Temple, Texas - City Government below:
-Salvation Army, located at 419 W. Avenue G in Temple, is open from 6pm to 7am.
-Impact Temple, located at 306 E. Adams Ave. in Temple, is open from 6pm to 8am, and pets are allowed at this location.
-Wed, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. Thursday morning: The Rosa Hereford Community Center (2201 E Veterans Memorial Blvd.) will open. If no one is utilizing the warming center by 11:30 p.m., then it will close.
-Thurs. and Fri. nights: Moss Rose Center (1103 E Ave. E). The City of Killeen has partnered with the Killeen Housing Authority, the League of United Latin American Citizens District 17 (LULAC), LULAC-Herencia #4297 Killeen and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Texas District 14 to provide an increased services warming center for those in need.
Wintry precipitation will increase this evening and overnight. This time more widespread icing is expected with accumulations ranging from a few hundredths to over a quarter inch across the region. This will make travel very hazardous tonight and into Thursday as ice should collect to some surface streets in addition to bridges and overpasses.
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Downtown Belton Merchants Associaion, a revitalization group for Downtown Belton, Texas
We are a family friendly Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
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Develop, implement and maintain the regional trauma, stroke, cardiac, perinatal, and emergency healthcare system for the 6 counties in Trauma Service Area - L (TSA-L).
Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT), is administratively responsible for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services for individuals 60 years of age and older.
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