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Steamboat briefs: Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

— The Northern Rockies jurisdiction has been chosen to receive $50,000 in federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Summit, Grand and Jackson counties. A national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency selected the jurisdiction.

A local board is seeking applications from agencies that are a private, voluntary, nonprofit group or unit of government, are eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. If the agency is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

To request an application, call Pam Graham at 970-870-8804. Applications are due today.

Emergency Management office highlights fire safety

The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to celebrate this week’s national Fire Prevention Week. This year’s campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns.

“Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death,” Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said. “When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable.

“Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.”

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For more information about fire prevention, visit http://www.firepreventionweek.org.

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