Public Service Announcement

 

Flood Safety

 

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Local Emergency Management Office

 

Flood Safety

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

Listen to the radio or television for information

Be aware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.

Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly.  Flash Floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.

 

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

Secure your home.  If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.  Move essential items to an upper floor.

Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.  Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

 

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.  If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.  Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.

 

After a Flood

The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.

Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.  Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

Avoid moving water.

Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded.  Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.

Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.

Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.  Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.

Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.  Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals. 

 

    

Tornado Safety Tips
Have a plan.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio
Have a disaster kit.
Check weather conditions thru local media often.
 Tornado Safety
Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma
 
There is no such thing as guaranteed safety inside a tornado. Prevention and practice before the storm: At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below.
 
Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes; so store protective coverings (e.g., mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds' notice. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy. Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings. Forget about the old notion of opening windows to equalize pressure; the tornado will blast open the windows for you! If you shop frequently at certain stores, learn where there are bathrooms, storage rooms or other interior shelter areas away from windows, and the shortest ways to get there. All administrators of schools, shopping centers, nursing homes, hospitals, sports arenas, stadiums, mobile home communities and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, close-by shelter area. Schools and office building managers should regularly run well-coordinated drills. If you are planning to build a house, consider an underground tornado shelter or an interior "safe room".
 
Know the signs of a tornado
Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Besides an obviously visible tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
Ý Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
Ý Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
Ý Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
Ý Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, this doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder
Ý Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Ý Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
 
WHAT TO DO
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bathtub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and facedown, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and facedown on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small-enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch facedown and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.
 
AFTER THE TORNADO
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials. 
 
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National Weather Service
Share Holders Report
April 2013
 
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flooded road with Turn Around Don't Drown sign

http://www.weather.gov/os/water/XWATER/PAM/VIDEOS/30SEC/30SEC.MPG

       

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Class 10 Insurance Rating Survey

Our Emergency Management Agency is working with the 
Volunteer Fire Departments to lower the fire rating  
classification (and thus reduce insurance premiums) for  
the few areas in Warren County who currently have an ISO 
rating of 10 (the maximum rating which equates to the 
maximum insurance premium charge). Your assistance in  
completing an insurance survey is being requested.
 
Click here for a copy of that form --> http://goo.gl/5Qw4Q.
 
We appreciate your assistance to our Emergency Management Agency and Volunteer Fire Departments as we work to provide better fire service to all of Warren County.

 

 

It is that time of year again, that we need to think about the safety of our families thru the storm season and all emergencies.  "Resolve to Be Ready" is a program to help individuals think about  and prepare for all disasters. The South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a "21 week disaster kit plan" , to prepare a disaster kit for your family.

 
 
 Active shooter what can I do ?
FEMA Independant study Courses i s offering this online course to help employee's and individuals on what to do, in the event they enciounter an active shooter.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Preparedness
A message from Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM).
“Although the state and local governments are expected to assist the public during times of emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home. In the event of large scale disasters the government may be unable to respond immediately."
"Be prepared! You should have at least a three day supply of food and water for each member of your family, along with essentials such as: medicines, flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies, etc.”
"Have a plan and practice it. Share your plan with relatives, friends and someone you know living in another state."
 

 

 

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.
• Safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped
vehicle.
• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of
thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety Tips
• Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put
you in direct contact with electricity.
• Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
• Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
• Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
 
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but if you are caught
outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
• NEVER lie flat on the ground
• NEVER use a tree for shelter
• NEVER use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of
water
• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power
lines, windmills, etc.)
• UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should ANY of the above actions be
taken if a building or an all-metal vehicle is nearby
If Someone Is Struck
• Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical
attention.
• Monitor the victim and begin CPR or AED, if necessary.
• Call 911 for help.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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