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FLOODING

Floods are one of the most common hazards in Kentucky however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such a flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or …

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Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

Top 10 List of Steps to Get Ready for Emergencies for Parents/Guardians of Children with Disabilities/Special Health Care Needs If you do nothing else to get ready, think about taking 10 key emergency preparedness steps: 1. Hold a Family Discussion. Talk to your family about emergencies. Pick a date to …

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Winter Weather Checklists

Communication Checklist Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure: Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries. Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National …

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Home heating and portable generator safety

Heating Safety Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. This includes furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters. If there are children in your home, create a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters and open fires. Never use your oven to heat your …

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“Beat the Heat”

Summer is finally here! What better ways to enjoy the sun and warm weather than with a dip in the pool, a baseball game, or neighborhood BBQ! And while summer is a great time to sit back and enjoy the weather, heat hazards can turn a picnic into panic. Heat …

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WIND CHILL CHART

Wind chill is not the actual temperature but rather how wind and how cold feels on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill; however, cars, plants and other …

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“Summer is here… BE PREPARED”

Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her …

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“TORNADOES”

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be …

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“EXTREME HEAT”

Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her …

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Lightning!

Here is how to protect yourself from lightning when working outdoors during stormy weather: Stay away from bodies of water. Do not use any plug-in power tools or machines. Do not stand by metal  objects, pipes, light poles, door frames, metal fences or communication towers. Find shelter other than a …