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August 16, 2016: Burn Ban Lifted

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Travis County

October 06, 2016
Travis County seeks input on distribution of $5.5 million in recovery funds for May and October 2015 floods
Travis County is seeking input on the method of distribution for $5,531,116, which is a regional allocation in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery funds offered by the Texas General Land Office through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

October 04, 2016
Travis County approves temporary injunction to allow NLand Surf Park opening
Travis County Commissioners Court approved a temporary injunction that will allow NLand Surf Park to operate as long as it maintains a specified water quality determined as safe by County staff. 

August 15, 2016
Travis County lowers property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017
Preliminary Budget to keep County property tax bill the same for the average taxable homestead.

July 26, 2016
Travis County saves taxpayer money with bond refinancing
To save Travis County taxpayer dollars and capitalize on historically low interest rates, Travis County refinanced bonds to provide more than $12 million in savings through fiscal year 2030.

July 14, 2016
Travis County files suit against NLand Surf Park
The Travis County Commissioners Court has filed suit to prevent NLand Surf Park from opening its pool without meeting the minimum requirements of a public pool under state law.

Emergency Management

September 1, 2016
Make an emergency plan and register for Central Texas emergency warnings.
September is National Preparedness Month, and Travis County and the City of Austin are encouraging everyone to prepare for emergencies and register to receive emergency alerts.

June 13, 2016
Federal flood assistance approved for Travis County residents and businesses
Travis County residents and business owners who received storm damage during the Memorial Day weekend are eligible for federal assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

June 7, 2016
Travis County Judge signs disaster declaration
This morning, May 29, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and STAR Flight resumed their search for flood victims...

May 29, 2016
Travis County Sheriff’s Office and STAR Flight  locate deceased body
Today, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt signed a disaster declaration for Travis County due to the flooding that occurred on May 27, 2016...

May 29, 2016
Red Cross Shelter Opens in Travis County
Due to the severe weather that made its way through Travis County over the course of Memorial Day weekend, many homes and residences were damaged by the floods...

May 27, 2016
Travis County responds to flooding
Travis County is responding to the flooding caused by heavy rain overnight and this morning...

May 26, 2016
Register now for emergency warnings at WarnCentralTexas.org
With the risk of severe weather in our area and the reputation as Flash Flood Alley, now is the time to register for emergency warnings...

April 18, 2016
Travis County delayed start for employees
This morning, Travis County is delaying the start of operations for employees who are non-essential personnel until 10 a.m.

January 21, 2016
Deadline for FEMA flood disaster assistance is January 25
The last day to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood disaster assistance is Monday, January 25.

STAR Flight

April 26, 2016
STAR Flight
 makes flight suit change in remembrance—Asks others to wear blue
April 27 marks the year anniversary of the death of STAR Flight Nurse Kristin McLain. Kristin died after falling from a STAR Flight helicopter’s hoist while conducting a rescue operation...

April 18th, 2016
STAR Flight Rescue Video

View videos from the weekends rescues...

March 15, 2016
STAR Flight
  press conference scheduled

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its findings on probable cause in the accidental death of STAR Flight Nurse Kristin McLain on April 27, 2015...

Fire Marshal

December 21, 2016
Stay safe if you celebrate the holidays with fireworks
The winter retail fireworks season begins December 21 and runs through midnight, January 1. Fireworks are not allowed in Travis County Parks and parks managed by Travis County. The sale and possession of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Austin. If you plan on using fireworks to celebrate the holidays, the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds you to follow these simple safety tips..

November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving: the peak day for home cooking-caused fires
More home cooking-caused fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, followed by Christmas Day and Eve, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

October 26, 2016
Slaughter Creek Road residence fire ruled as arson
The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office ruled that the Oct. 24, 2016, structure fire at 10107 Slaughter Creek Road was arson.

October 11, 2016
Don't wait - Check the date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
October 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s theme of “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!

August 9, 2016
Travis County issues new burn ban
The Travis County Commissioners Court issued a new ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County. The previous burn ban was set to expire Aug. 12.

July 12, 2016
Travis County issues burn ban
The Travis County Commissioners Court issued a new ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County.

June 23, 2016
Celebrate Independence Day without injuries
The Independence Day fireworks sale season begins June 24 and ends July 4. Unfortunately, fireworks-related injuries are also in season during the July Fourth holiday.

April 29, 2016
Levitation 2016 cancelled due to public safety concerns
Travis County officials have cancelled Levitation 2016 due to public safety concerns regarding this weekend’s forecasted dangerous weather and previous weather-caused complications with the festival grounds...

February 29, 2016
New Travis County Fire Marshal sworn into office
On Monday, Feb. 29, Tony Callaway stepped into the role of Travis County Fire Marshal, sworn into office by County Judge Sarah Eckhardt...

February 23, 2016
Travis County lifts burn ban
The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the burn ban that was scheduled to expire on March 9, 2016...

February 9, 2016
Travis County issues new burn ban
The Travis County Commissioners Court issued a new ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County....

Medical Examiner

October 21, 2016
Safe sleep environments help prevent infant suffocation
For many, the arrival of cool fall weather means it’s time to make beds cozy with blankets, but parents and caregivers of infants should remember that their little ones do not need blankets...

Transportation and Natural Resources

December 19, 2016
Prescribed burns at Pace Bend Park the Week of December 19
Travis County Parks plans to conduct multiple prescribed burns at Pace Bend Park during the week of December 19.

November 14, 2016
Travis County’s T-Shirts for Hunger Project receives Outstanding Recycling Partnership Award
Travis County (Austin, TX) has been selected as the 1st place winner of the Texas Environmental Leadership Award under the Outstanding Recycling Partnership category for the T-Shirts for Hunger Project.

August 8, 2016
Prescribed burn at Pace Bend Park August 9 and 10
Travis County Parks plans to conduct multiple prescribed burns at Pace Bend Park during the week of August 8.

July 19, 2016
Prescribed burn at Pace Bend Park July 20
Travis County Parks plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Pace Bend Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 20...

March 15, 2016
World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play Golf Tournament to temporarily close County Park
The Travis County Loop 360 Boat Ramp Park will be closed Monday, March 21, through Sunday, March 27, 2016, for the World Golf Championship (WGC)-Dell Match Play Golf Tournament...

March 2, 2016
Prescribed burn at Reimers Ranch Park tomorrow
Travis County Parks plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Reimers Ranch Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday....

February 4, 2016
Prescribed burn at Reimers Ranch Park Friday
Travis County Parks plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Reimers Ranch Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday....

January 21, 2016
Prescribed burn at Pace Bend Park tomorrow
Travis County Parks plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Pace Bend Park between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. tomorrow....

Health and Human Services

February 29, 2016
2nd Confirmed Case of Zika Virus
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (A/TCHHSD) has confirmed the second positive case of Zika virus....

February 4, 2016
1st Confirmed Case of Zika Virus
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (A/TCHHSD) has confirmed the first positive case of Zika virus....

 

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