DALLAS COUNTY’S PHASE II, 1ST ROUND OF AERIAL SPRAYING FOR WNV IS NOW COMPLETE

[Dallas, TX] – [Phase II, Round One was completed at 12:07 this morning. Three planes were wheels up at 9:00pm yesterday in the following cities: Duncanville, Ferris, Mesquite, Rowlett, Seagoville, Sunnyvale and Wilmer. All three (3) aircraft were back to base by 12:20am. A total of 74,554.4 acres were sprayed yesterday evening to complete the first round of Phase II Dallas County cities. As of yesterday evening, a total of 800,446 acres have been sprayed for Dallas County over a five-night period of operations. Tonight, ALL areas that were Aerial Sprayed last night will be sprayed again for completion of PHASE II; wheels up at 9:00pm.

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West Nile Update, From Press Conference

[Dallas, TX] – [Dallas County will continue our Aerial Spraying against West Nile Virus (WNV) in Phase II of the plan which includes the new cities which have opted in this week.  In response to citizens who may see aircraft spraying their non-targeted areas; there are several reasons why when an aircraft is seen spraying insecticide over a non-targeted area they are NOT actually spraying that area. The technology onboard this aircraft is very sophisticated and the target areas are sprayed with great precision.  County Judge Clay Jenkins received communication from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today confirming that they were extremely pleased with Dallas County’s decision in the implementation of our Integrated Mosquito Response Plan which includes Aerial Spraying and they lauded our approach and leadership throughout.  The effort is being funded with a combination of federal and state dollars.]

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Tornado Prep Tips

There’s a significant threat of dangerous storms over the next two days. This is the time to think about what you will do to keep you and your family safe!!

Based on recent experiences and lessons learned from other severe weather events, here are some things to think about as you prepare for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms:

Pay Attention!!

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Dallas County Government Internship Positions (GIP) Fellows

[1st Dallas County Commissioners Court Fellows, in partnership with SMU, get ceremoniously inducted into service today]

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By: Maria Arita

Jeremy Rechtien, Pol-Sci, SMU Pascual Pellegrino, Pre-Law/Pol-Sci, SMU Marva McGrew, Assoc. Dir. Hegi Center SMU/Commissioners, Judge, GIP Fellows

Two SMU juniors, Pascual Pellegrino and Jeremy Rechtien, were selected among a pool of applicants at SMU as the first two GIP Fellows to serve for a one year period at Dallas County. Both will be given projects and specific assignments designed to propel them forward in their chosen careers. Upon completion of those projects they will be given college credit, a personal recommendation by Judge Clay Jenkins and unprecedented real-world political experience and exposure to contacts and resources for their chosen fields upon graduation. Their first assignment was, to take part in a telephone discussion directly with the White House and President Obama regarding issues pertinent to the new student loan rates for higher education. The Dallas County GIP program was coordinated between the Dallas County PIO’s office and the Hegi Center. Marva McGrew was integral to that process and was present in Commissioners Court representing SMU. See program description below:

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