Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Summer is in full swing and temperatures are heating up across the nation. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion.
The best line of defense against these illnesses is prevention. The ReadyCampaign offers the following tips to stay safe when the mercury rises:
· Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun;
· Stay on the lowest level out of the sun if air conditioning is unavailable;
· Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals;
· Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible; and
· Avoid doing strenuous work outside during the warmest part of the day.
When necessary, NWS issues heat-related alerts to help you prepare for extreme weather conditions. To learn more about these alerts and how they impact you, visit: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/ww.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:42 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is gearing up for the 2015Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. To promote the event, SCEC will host a series of weekly Twitter chats at /11 AM PT every from now through .Each week the Twitter chats will highlight one of the "Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety":
· : Organize Disaster Supplies (Step Three)
· : Minimize Financial Hardship (Step Four)
· : Drop Cover Hold On (Step Five)
· : Improve Safety (Step Six)
· : Reconnect And Restore (Step Seven)
Follow along each week to learn how to stay safe before, during, and after an earthquake. Also, be sure to check out the How to Prepare for an Earthquake guide from America’s PrepareAthon! for valuable information about this hazard.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:52 AM
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Houses of Worship Participate in Preparedness
On July 1, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships hosted the “Resources to Help Prepare Houses of Worship for Emergencies” webinar.
The webinar shared resources available through the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security to help houses of worship create emergency operations plans. Presenters also discussed the importance of building relationships with first responders and how organizations can prepare for natural disasters and active shooter situations.
Response to the discussion was great, with more than 1,100 attendees and positive feedback from participants. The webinar also received national publicity on the Fortune Magazine website, and in a local news story on CBS affiliate WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:44 AM
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