This Week's Facts:
USA.gov Sponsoring Fourth of July Photo Contest
In honor of Independence Day, USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov are sponsoring the “Celebrate America” photo contest. Citizens are encouraged to submit photographs of how they best celebrate America. These can be pictures of activities, landmarks or even something in your backyard that best expresses the American experience. Entries must be digital and can be posted on the site of your choice, whether it be Flickr, Facebook or even a personal site. Then fill out this entry form and you are set! Complete contest rules and entry information can be found on USA.gov’s contest page. Winning entries may be featured on USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov or another federal government social media channel. Entries must be received by June 30, 2010 and winners will be notified on or around July 6.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
This week, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program released its annual July 1 population estimates for 2009. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves explains, “Local governments use census data to plan new roads, schools and emergency services. Businesses use the data to develop new economic opportunities.” You can now find July 1, 2009 estimates for all geographies on the Estimates Data section of the Population Estimates Program website. As stated in the Bureau’s press release Tuesday, this week’s estimates include all incorporated places in the U.S. - such as “cities, boroughs, and villages and minor civil divisions, such as towns and townships. The new estimates are not 2010 Census population counts. They are, however, the last estimates to use 2000 Census results as a base.” The press release also noted that “the 2011 subcounty population estimates, to be released in 2012, will be the first in the estimates series based on the 2010 Census population counts.”
Summer is officially upon us and now is the time to go on vacation! However, depending on where you’re going and how you’re planning on getting there, they may be a lot of information to know ahead of time. A great place to start is the Travel Security Administration’s Summer Travel Season page. The website is full of helpful tips for air travel, including how to travel with food and gifts, the best way to pack to ensure you get through lines at the airport faster and even a list of prohibited items. They also include a variety of information for travelers with special needs. While you do learn this at the airport, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary hassle by knowing this ahead of time! You may also want to check out their brochure Summer Travel Tips. It contains a brief outline on how best to prepare for air travel. Of course, a lot of people drive to their vacation destinations. If that’s your case, be sure to visit the Department of Transportation National Traffic and Road Closure Information website.
The heavy rains Indiana has experienced recently are a grim reminder that flooding can occur instantly and without warning. Flooding is the most common and devastating natural disaster in the United States. FEMA has maps to verify if you live in a flood plain. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security offers some advice to follow during a flood: Get to higher ground, evacuate your house if flooding is possible; know your town and make sure you know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked; and do NOT try and drive through water. Click here to review these and other tips to survive flood disasters. IDHS also provides information for homeowners on what to do after a flood or flash flood, the first steps to take after a flood and flood cleanup. No one can prevent flooding disasters, but following safety tips and guidelines will help keep you safe and prepared if disaster strikes.
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