This Week's Facts:
Fed Resources Help You Beat Summer Heat
Keep your electric bill cool this summer by taking the approach the U.S. Department of Energy calls the “whole-house” approach. Take a look at their tips for windows, insulation, air conditioners, fans, and more. Visit the Extreme Heat webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the best advice on preventing heat-related illnesses for you and your loved ones. The National Weather Service highlights the seriousness of this issue with Heat Wave: A Major Summer Killer, a webpage describing the dangers of heat in the U.S. and how to best protect ourselves from too much. The Red Cross also has reminders to Stay Safe this Summer.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
The U. S. Congress approved legislation last week that will continue to provide unemployment benefits to the many thousands of people who are out of work. This is good news to approximately 80,000 Hoosiers who are eligible for unemployment benefits. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has begun posting vouchers for eligible Hoosiers. Initially, vouchers were to be posted on August 3rd, but some vouchers are appearing earlier due to computer programming requiring less time than anticipated. All vouchers will be posted by Tuesday, August 3rd, but benefit-eligible Hoosiers are asked to check their homepage daily to see if their vouchers are available.
Beginning next week, the DWD will open 27 full-service WorkOne Centers on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday to assist Indiana residents in filing for retroactive benefits. For more details and information, contact WorkOne or the Department of Workforce Development.
Those who have and operate Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) have an opportunity to ride safely and enjoy a State Park. The Redbird State Riding Area is 1400 acres of former coal mine land. There are miles of trails for all skill levels for ORV riders and enthusiasts. The trials not only offer a challenge, but provide a rich background to enjoy your ride. There are still developing changes on the property so please be aware and respectful of the land. In order to enjoy this experience, your ORV must be registered. Registration can be mailed or completed online and is required by IC 14-16-1. Visit the Redbird State Riding Area website for more information about the property, rules, and directions.
Creation of jobs, plus energy efficiency? The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) has a program to help Indiana’s public, non-profit, and business sectors purchase and install solar water heating systems. The Indiana Solar Thermal (IST) grant program promotes better energy efficiency by offsetting fossil fuel usage. Solar energy systems make use of non-fossil fuel resources to produce clean, home-grown thermal energy for heating water. This grant program will increase awareness and utilization of solar thermal energy resources as well as create career opportunities for Indiana residents interested in renewable energy. The application period begins August 1, 2010 and must be submitted by September 1, 2010. For more information and program guidelines, click here. Finding new energy sources and opportunities is a great way to secure our economy for future generations.
Two important updated sets of data were released yesterday by the Census Bureau – The Black Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008 and The Asian Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008. Links to the actual report data are available via their press releases. American FactFinder also provides information for different racial and ethnic groups online back to 1990. To access this data, you can follow the tips provided by the Census Bureau’s Question and Answer Center - Race and Ancestry Data. You can visit your local federal depository library for data before 1990. Another good resource for race data is the Bureau’s Minority Links web portal. Here, you can select different resources for Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian & Alaskan Native populations.
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