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Safety and preparedness: Flash Flood Awareness Week is March 15-19

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(March 12, 2010)--The San Antonio Flood Emergency (SAFE) System will sponsor Flash Flood Awareness Week March 15-19. Coordinated by the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management, the public education and flood preparedness program provides early flood notification during heavy rain and provides information on ways to protect life and property.

The potential for serious flooding always exists in San Antonio because of the thin soil cover with rock underneath, which can absorb precipitation at only a slow rate. The SAFE System works with first responders, the National Weather Service, school districts, the business community, media, and neighborhood and apartment organizations to enhance emergency notification plans across Bexar County.

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States and can have an impact on neighborhoods and communities, or on a larger scale affecting river basins and multiple states. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days, but flash floods can develop in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. A flash flood often has a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path.

Every state is at risk for floods. Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

>> Read more at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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