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Hurricane Preparedness Bookmark

As Harris County continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey, officials remind residents that the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season is less than a month away. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is once again urging everyone to prepare in advance of June 1. “By preparing now, residents can protect themselves and their families from the damaging impacts of a storm,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Area residents can prepare by developing a personalized plan, creating a disaster supply kit, and staying informed.”

Barbara Bush’s Legacy Lives On Bookmark

Barbara Bush’s Legacy Lives On
Anyone coming of age within the last 29 years would be hard pressed to find a reading program not touched in some way by Barbara Bush’s influence. After establishing the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Bush advocated tirelessly for literacy across the nation and internationally. Over the past 29 years, the Foundation has raised and provided more than $110 million in support to create or expand family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Supporting 160 programs nationwide, the foundation is now the single largest provider of literacy services to adults in the U.S. who read below a third-grade level.

Feeding the Hungry Bookmark

Feeding the Hungry
It was a labor of love for a group of volunteers at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Volunteers spent the morning harvesting hundreds of pounds of winter greens to donate to the Houston Food Bank. “This is a great example of how plants can be both ornamental and nutritional,” said Mercer Greenhouse Manager Jacob Martin. “We planted the kale and Swiss chard during the cooler months to add a little color to our seasonal flower beds. Rather than letting the greens go to waste, we decided to donate them.”