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The First Step

Creating a family emergency plan begins with writing down important information.

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“Lightning Safety Myths and Facts “

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year. Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning. Fact: …

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Lightning Safety: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 22-28, 2014 Lightning: What You Need to Know NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!! If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or …

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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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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 Tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards: · Generators should only be operated outside in well-ventilated areas and never in a garage, basement or breezeway. · Do not operate generators near windows, doors or in other areas where exhaust fumes could be drawn into a home or other …

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Family Supply List

Emergency Supplies Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents. Recommended Supplies to Include in a …

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“Blackout Tips”

1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts. 2. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there’s room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, …

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Frostbite and Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops less than 95F. IT CAN KILL. For those who survive, there are likely to be lasting kidney, liver and pancreas problems. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorentation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Take the person’s …

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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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“Prevent Kitchen Fires”

Even though Fire Prevention Week is over, it was held from October 6-12 all of our local fire departments are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word …

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