Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Do you know when to go when the time to go comes?

Evacuation Occasion

Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently in the U.S. and almost every year, people who live along coastlines evacuate when a hurricane approaches. In some circumstances, local officials decide that hazards are serious and may require a mandatory evacuation. When community evacuations occur, local officials provide information mainly through media sources, although, sirens, text message alerts, emails, and automated telephone calls are also used. 
In addition, many disasters allow little to no time for people to gather basic supplies, so planning ahead is essential. Ready.gov offers tips to prepare your family for evacuation, including:
  • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood. Use the Family Emergency Plan to decide these locations before a disaster;
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated;
  • If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages; and
  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. Make arrangements with family, friends or your local government.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hurricane Season Begins Soon


National PrepareAthon! Day may be over, but the start of hurricane season is right around the corner.  The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 through November 30 while the Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
Now is a good time to become familiar with the hurricane-related notifications issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), including watches and warnings.
  • Hurricane Watch:  An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within a specified area. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a watch, tune in to your NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, or television for information and conduct outside preparedness activities. You can use the America’s PrepareAthon!How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide for help with storm preparations.
  • Hurricane Warning: An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within a specified area. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.
Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding, and storm surge.  According to NWS, storm surge produced by hurricanes is one of the greatest threats to life and property along the coast. To learn more about storm surge, take a look at this clip from the National Hurricane Center.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

National Arson Awareness Week to recognize accelerant detection canine teams #OKfire


National Arson Awareness Week is May 3-9. This year’s theme – Accelerant Detection Canines: Sniffing Out Arson – recognizes the contributions made to communities by accelerant detection canine (ADC) teams.
The U.S. Fire Administration and our partners have gathered information about these motivated, accelerant detection animals that demonstrates their value to a community and how using an ADC can close more cases and act as an arson deterrent. Our information includes:
  • Facts about ADCs. (Did you know that an ADC has a sense of smell that is 100,000 times more acute than a human’s?)
  • History and training of ADCs.
  • How to acquire an ADC.
  • Short stories about 10 canine teams in America that are making a difference in the prevention of arson.
  • A downloadable National Arson Awareness Week poster.
This information is now available on our website at www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/.

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