By GUS BILIRAKIS
Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. In fact, it is the third leading cause of deaths in the nation. Each year, during the month of May, Americans band together, not only to share their support in the fight against stroke, but also raise awareness of how it can be treated, and more importantly, prevented.
By GUS BILIRAKIS
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month. We see the heart-wrenching and troubling stories on the news about victims of sexual assault, but it becomes even more disturbing when we realize that it is even happening in our own community.
Florida is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the agency’s design and construction standards for community shelters. The state believes that FEMA’s 361 standard for shelter construction is too rigorous for the force of winds that hurricane shelters in Florida generally encounter.
Yesterday, Congressman Bilirakis introduced The Silver Alert Grant Program Act of 2008 (H.R. 5898). If enacted, this program would provide U.S. states and territories the opportunity to establish ‘Silver Alert’ notification systems to locate missing individuals suffering from dementia-related illnesses.
Yesterday, in recognition of the 38th anniversary of Earth Day, Gus joined students in school throughout Hillsborough County as they set a world record for the most trees planted within an hour on Earth Day.
In an effort to prevent further erosion and flooding, last year Gus successfully secured funding for the City of Tarpon Springs to improve the conditions of the City's bayou banks.