A national nonprofit group lauded Austin’s emergency management efforts Friday, certifying its program meets 64 industry standards.
Austin is just one of three Texas cities, along with Dallas and Arlington, to win accreditation from the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
“Emergency management accreditation represents a significant achievement,” said EMAP Commission Chairperson Robie Robinson in a statement. “We applaud the City of Austin’s leadership and we recognize the dedication to the safety and security of the residents that it represents.”
The city’s 15-member Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, and manages grant funding to improve homeland security and public safety. The agency co-manages the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center.
A group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators and a group of counter-protesters began Sunday afternoon standing on separate sides of a street in northeast Dallas —but by day’s end, the two groups were exchanging hugs and support.
The two reached an agreement and brought their groups together, exchanging names, handshakes and hugs. CNN reports that before the protesters went home, they huddled together to say a prayer — including one police officer who had initially been keeping the groups separate.
“Today, we’re going to show the rest of the country how we came together,” said the counter-protest’s representative. “We’re going to leave our mark on history today.”
According to KHOU, six-year-old Charlie Argo from Burleson set up a lemonade stand at his house on Saturday so that friends, family and neighbors could help him raise money. All $2,400 that were raised went toward the Russ Martin Listeners Foundation — a fund that supports the families of Dallas and Fort Worth police officers and firefighters that have fallen in the line of duty.
Fox4 reports a group of young girls in Dallas raised $5,000 to support police officers, selling lemonade brownies and cookies.
“At first it was just a lemonade stand and then what happened to the police in downtown Dallas made me realize that families out there were in need of money,” said Landry Nelon, one of the girls who organized the effort.
For 18 years, U.S. Army veteran Juan Jasso has called the U.K. his home. So when he was riding the tram in Manchester, England on Tuesday morning, he never expected to be called a “dirty little immigrant.”
A video of three young British men insulting and threatening Jasso, who is a Mexican-American Texas-native from Brownsville, quickly spread, becoming an example of xenophobic sentiments affecting immigrants in the U.K in the days following “Brexit.”