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H1N1 Precautions:

1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

3.Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can spread this way.

4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

5. If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

virus through coughing or sneezing?

1. If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill.

2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

3. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

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Evening, Sand.

...another hot one. I heard Hattiesburg had set a temp record 4 days running. Fella told me in Jackson today it was 106 this late afternoon. But, I was outside a bit ago, swear I thought I felt a cool breeze! ;) Sure hope it wasn't a mirage...if'n so, I may have had a heat stroke some time today!
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DRESS LIKE A PIRATE - PIRATES OF PENZANCE POST PERFORMANCE PARTY - SURRENDER THE BOOTY AND SUPPORT PORTLIGHT.ORG
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Pirate deck salutes the best hero ever.....

Thank you Sand.

Now learn to grow tabaccy
you wacky guy....

ha ha posted it on the deck
YOU ROCK DUDE.
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EACH DAY WE ALSO FIND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE GULF
WATERS IN FULL SUNLIGHT WITH BARELY ANY CLOUDS. THIS IS NOT THE
BEST THING AS WE CONTINUE INTO HURRICANE SEASON SINCE THE GULF
WATERS WILL BE PRIMED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF HEAT LATER IN THE
SUMMER.


This statement is the only worry in the forecast period.
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Great story there Butch,..


You got my vote..

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Butch Loper enjoys challenges of learning, helping
Sunday, June 14, 2009
By CHARLES BROOKS JR.
Butch Loper has built roads, appraised real estate, raced sailboats, played musical instruments, dived to find dead bodies, battled hurricanes.

He's a jack of all trades and a master of them. He is a master diver, a licensed real estate appraiser and a licensed state contractor. He has 38 certifications from four different agencies. In his work for the county, he has taken countless night classes at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County campus, and other institutions.

His father, Leo Loper, was a road and bridge engineer. Loper was born in Anchorage, Alaska, while his father was working there. Loper inherited his father's engineering talents.

"I like the challenge of learning new things," he said. "It's been grat ifying to me."

The former director of civil defense and emergency management for Jackson County was promoted by the board of supervisors to his current position, assistant road manager. He has served the county in other positions, including road superintendent, planning and engineering. He helped the county with right of way acquisitions and wetlands permitting.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was Loper's baptism under fire.

"It was an experience that one will never forget. It was about 60 hours with no sleep," he said.

Loper didn't see his home for two weeks after the storm. He set up the base camp for Hurricane Katrina emergency management in Gautier and coordinated emergency responding agencies from all over the United States.

"We can be very grateful to Florida. Florida came with water and ice and some MRE's (meals ready to eat) real quick," he said.

He said the Alabama National Guard also rendered valuable assistance. Loper praised local firefighters, police and the many thousands of volunteers.

"There were a lot of things done by local agencies that they never got enough credit for."

Volunteer firefighters and police reserves were part of a grassroots effort. "To see it was amazing. Those people kept me going. They gave me an adrenaline shot. I was feeding off the efforts of others," he said.

Loper said the first priority was to get to people who were stranded and bring them to shelters. "Nobody had transportation in areas that were flooded, because they lost their cars, too."

The coast wasn't prepared for such a catastrophic event, he said, because it hadn't seen anything like Katrina since 1969 (Hurricane Camille). "It just wasn't ready for it. And, in my opinion, today, we're not ready for it. But we're better than we were."

Some of the improvements made in emergency preparedness since Katrina are a special needs medical shelter and a pet shelter, Loper said. "My only hope is that the correction process continues."

Hurricane Katrina is causing weather forecasters and emergency personnel to reconsider categories of storms specifically, separating wind speed from storm surge. "We had a Cat 5 surge with a Cat 3 storm. Of course, it was a Cat 5 the day before it made landfall," he said.

Loper was 13 and living in Long Beach when Hurricane Camille devastated the coast. "The thing that you saw there that you didn't see with Katrina, was that the bark was stripped off all the trees like they had been sandblasted."

Loper's tenure as emergency management director was a busy one. "We activated 16 times in four and a half years," he said. "That's probably an historic number."

Hurricane Betsy in 1965 sparked his interest in emergency work. "I've always enjoyed helping people," he said. He added any emergency director needs to understand that "their personal needs go out the window" during a disaster.

As a youth, Loper enjoyed outdoor sports: hunting, fishing, surfing, sailing and scuba diving. He raced sailboats and took summer jobs delivering sailboats to customers.

He was an avid scuba diver and scuba instructor for many years. He did volunteer work in search and rescue diving. "It's not very fun finding bodies underwater. Most of the time you can't see 6 inches in front of your face so by the time you come up on something, it's right there on you."

Several years ago, he spent two weeks diving in the crystal clear waters of Fiji. "I dove every day. It was gorgeous." He has also visited Belize, Mexico and most of the Caribbean islands.

"I've always enjoyed doing things that I can be diversified in. It keeps me sharp. And I guess that's the fascination I've had with engineering. You're always trying to resolve an issue," he said.

Loper worked as an engineer in the private sector for many years before joining the county.

In continuing his service to the county, he intends to run for District 5 supervisor. Besides better disaster preparedness, Loper said he thinks the county needs modernization and streamlining. "The only way to keep taxes down is to cut costs," he said. He thinks government is getting too expensive for taxpayers and needs to be downsized.

For the future, Loper said, "I'm looking forward to eventually slowing down, sitting back and enjoying the water." Music is a relaxing hobby for him. "It's the way I get my frustrations out."

Much of Loper's life has been spent helping people. "I hope that after my life cycle is over, that I have left some kind of mark to the good. I guess that's all anyone can hope."

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