Recent Announcements from Hays County

Sept 1st 2017
Hays County, September Tax Office Closures.
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August 31th 2017
Hays County, September is Emergency Preparedness Month, Offers Ways to Prepare for Disasters
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August 28th 2017
Hays County, City of San Marcos Deactivate Emergency Operations Center.

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August 24th 2017
Hays County Prepares for Potential Heavy Rain and Flooding.

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July 7th 2017
Hays County Reinstates Burn Ban July 7 for Unincorporated Areas of the County

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., has reinstated the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Hays County effective immediately. After consultation with Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning, the decision was made based on continuing windy conditions and low humidity throughout much of the county. The number of grass fires and house fires has risen throughout the county, and chances for area-wide rain are slim. Grills with lids are allowed to be used during a burn ban, but burn barrels, even with lids, are banned. Burn Ban violators can face a fine of up to $500.

Hays County Election Commission - Selection of new voting equipment for Hays County - Meeting July 5th, 2017 11 A.M.
Public comments will be heard with regard to the Committee's recommendation of purchasing voting equipment from Hart InterCivic, Inc. click for details

June 26th 2017
Hays County Fire Marshal: Know the Laws about Fireworks

Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning wants consumers to learn about fireworks safety and the main laws that govern use of fireworks.

Fireworks Laws
It is illegal to sell or shoot fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids, flammable compressed gasses or fireworks are sold or stored.
Despite what you may have seen in the movies, it is illegal to shoot fireworks from or towards a motor vehicle, including boats.
It is illegal to shoot fireworks from a public roadway, public property, park, lake or U.S. Corps of Engineer property.
The minimum age to buy or sell fireworks was recently changed from 12 to 16.
It is illegal to shoot fireworks within 600 feet of a church, hospital, day-care center or school.
It is illegal to shoot fireworks within city limits and, in many cities, it's also illegal just to possess them.
In unincorporated areas where fireworks are legal, you may only shoot off fireworks if you own property there, or if you receive written permission from a property owner.
If you start a fire by shooting fireworks and the fire was found to be started intentionally, you may be subject to the charge of arson. If the fire is found to be accidental, you may be subject to a fine. In either case, you may be held civilly liable for damages.
Fireworks Safety
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Always have an adult supervise all fireworks activities. Children can suffer injuries even from sparklers, which parents often assume are "safe." Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
To prevent a trash fire, douse spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding.

June 22nd 2017
Hays County Local Health Dept_Rabies Information

June 21, 2017 Due to the increased number of Hays County residents calling the Hays County Local Health Department with questions about rabies in bats, the Department would like to provide the public with some facts about rabies.
Rabies is not a new disease in Texas. There are cases of documented rabid animals in Texas that date back almost 200 years. And Hays County is not currently seeing an increased number of animals that are testing positive for rabies. In fact, we are on track to have fewer cases than we did last year. In 2014 there were 26 bats that tested positive for rabies that were found in Hays County. That number dropped to 20 in 2015 and went up to 21 in 2016. As of June 21, there have only been 8 bats found in Hays County in 2017 that have tested positive for rabies. Other animals that are at a high risk of carrying rabies that can be found in Hays County include foxes, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, cats, and dogs. Mice, rats, squirrels, nutria, rabbits, opossums, armadillos, gophers, and other rodents can carry rabies, but the risk of these animals having the disease is very low.
But regardless of our current numbers, no one should ever touch a bat, dead or alive. Rabies is spread through the bite of an infected animal, but it can also be transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal if the person has an open would or sore that is exposed to the animal's saliva. Tell children to never touch dead or sick animals and to tell an adult if they see one.
Without treatment, rabies is a fatal disease. If you are bitten by an animal (wild or domestic) here are a few steps to follow that could save your life:
1. Quickly and thoroughly wash the bite with soap and water. Rinse it well. Put an antiseptic on it to kill the germs.
2. Remember what the animal looked like and where it can be found.
3. See a doctor or contact the Local Health Department as soon as possible. The doctor, along with the Hays County Local Health Department, will decided if you need treatment to prevent rabies. Treatment is a series of shots that will require multiple visits to the doctor.
4. Describe the animal that bit you (kind, size, and color) to the doctor, animal control officer, or the Hays County Health Department.
5. Any biting dog, cat, or domestic ferret must be observed for 10 days in quarantine. If the quarantined animal is alive 10 days after the bite, it could not have given you rabies.
Symptoms of rabies in humans are similar to many other illnesses including fever, headache, and general weakness and discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, increased saliva, difficulty swallowing, and a fear of water. Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms so it is important to act fast after possibly being exposed to rabies.
If you think you may have been exposed to rabies or have questions, please contact the Hays County Local Health Department at 512-393-5520.

Eric Schneider - Ian Harris
Hays County Local Health Department