Thursday, September 13, 2018

Text Shelter and zip code to 43362 #Florence #ncwx #scwx

Hurricane Florence Response

Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA)
FEMA is working with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to respond to the impacts of the storm. 

When it comes to disaster response, the entire community has a role to play.

See FEMA's video, Disaster Response is a Team Effort, to see how this works.

If you are in the path of the storm: 
  • Stay safe and take shelter. Everyone should be making final preparations this morning as Hurricane Florence moves towards the United States. Coastal residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia may already be seeing tropical storm or hurricane force winds.
  • Communicate with friends and family. Tell them where you are riding out the storm, and how you will let them know you’re safe. You can call, text, email, or use social media.
  • Stay informed. Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website for weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Keep away from windows. Close storm shutters; flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Prepare for power outages. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting, and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Listen to local officials for evacuation orders. If you need a safe place to go, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 4FEMA (43362) to locate an open emergency shelter near you. You can also look up shelters on the FEMA App.
  • Do not drive around barricades, or through high water. Remember, if you encounter flooded roadways, turn around, don’t drown!

During a disaster, information can change quickly and rumors can spread. It's important to verify information before sharing by checking what local, state, and federal authorities are saying first. For up-to-date resources and information, visit the Hurricane Florence page or

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

You are back at school. What's your Safety Plan for Fire? #OKfire #KSfire

Fire Safety on Campus

Know how to escape your dorm room or off-campus home.
As a new semester begins, add fire safety to your college preparation list!

From 2000-2015, the U.S. Fire Administrationreports 85 fatal fires in dorms, fraternities, sororities, and off-campus housing. The specific causes of fires in college housing include cooking, candles, smoking, and overloaded power strips. Follow these tips to be fire safe:
  • Have a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room.
  • Use surge protectors or power strips with internal overload protection.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Use flameless candles, which are both safe and attractive.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of anything that can burn.
  • Close the door and unplug the unit if a fire starts in your microwave.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out all the way. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.

Do not let a campus fire ruin your semester. Take action now, and know how to prevent fires by visiting: 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

#WRN folks are ready for flood #WRW #Skywarn

Be Ready for Flash Flooding

Heavy rain can bring dangerous flash floods.
Flash floods happen quickly. Learn how you can prepare in advance.

According to the National Weather Service, the causes of flash flooding include heavy rain, ice, debris jams, and levee or dam failure. These floods exhibit a rapid rise of water over low-lying areas. In some cases, flooding may even occur away from where heavy rain initially fell.

Follow these tips from to make sure you, your family, and your home prepare for a flash flood:
  • Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information on the flood risk in your area. Flooding is by no means limited to floodplains. Where it rains, it can flood. More than 20 percent of National Flood Insurance Program claims are filed for properties outside the high-risk flood area.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain, if flash flooding is a risk in your location.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes,shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies now. You may have to leave your home immediately. As you gather supplies, keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets.
  • Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container, or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

For more flood safety information, download the How to Prepare for a Flood guide.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

#BeatTheHeat with tips from @FEMA

Stay Safe from Heat-Related Illness

Stay Hydrated
Extreme heat often results in the highest annual number of deaths among all weather-related disasters.  Be prepared to beat the heat during beach days, barbecues, concerts, and other outdoor activities.

Before your next summer event, review the warning signs of heat-related illness on the page.

Be prepared to help yourself and others by knowing the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond:

Signs of Heat Exhaustion
  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What You Should Do:
  • Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down.
  • Loosen or remove clothing.
  • Take a cool bath.
  • Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar.
  • Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

Signs of Heat Stroke
  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

What You Should Do:
  • Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately.
  • Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

    Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    Will your #hamradio group participate in this worldwide exercise? #ARRL

    Participate in Earth EX 2018 – An All-Sector Worldwide Exercise

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    Earth EX invites you to take part in the first worldwide severe power outage exercise.

    Anyone, any group, or any nation can join this exercise. It requires no preparation. It costs nothing. It works in any time zone and you can begin anytime on August 22.

    This event gives organizations a chance to test executive and operational decisions. It will help individuals, families, and community groups with basic preparations and planning.

    Take the time to learn, share information, and improve your plans.

    Learn more or register for Earth EX 2018 at:

    Saturday, August 04, 2018

    How is your community participating in #NationalNightOut?

    35 Years of National Night Out

    National Night Out Logo
    Get involved with your community by participating in the 35th annual National Night Out.

    Communities all across the country will hold events on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Neighborhoods will host block parties, festivals, and parades. The campaign brings police and neighbors together. It serves as an effort to build a stronger community.

    Make your neighborhood stronger by helping it prepare for a disaster. Attend your local National Night Out event. While there, find out how to join a local program like:

      Visit for more ways to help your neighborhood.

      How is your community participating?

      Wednesday, July 25, 2018

      What Life Saving Skills Should You Know? #WRN #Skywarn

      What Life Saving Skills Should You Know?

      Do You Know Two Ways Out? Be Ready for an Emergency.
      Learn life saving skills and share them on your social media channels by either directly copying or customizing the messages from the Life Saving Skills Social Media Toolkit.

      The toolkit contains preparedness messages and graphics to help protect individuals, families, and homes.

      Share the social media content now and make sure you:
      • Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home.
      • Reduce common electrical and fire hazards around your house and property.
      • Place natural gas detectors on every level of your home.
      • Develop an emergency plan and discuss it with your family.
      • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
      • Teach children what to do when they hear a smoke alarm.

      Use the Life Saving Skills Toolkit today. If you missed yesterday’s webinar on the toolkit, therecording is available.

      Wednesday, July 18, 2018

      Prepare for Summer Power Outages #WRN #Skywarn

      If you lose power, go to a local cooling center to beat the heat.
      Prepare to beat the heat this summer. Heatwaves often cause power outages. Be ready in case one affects your neighborhood.

      Learning to prepare for power outages this summer is easy. The Ready Campaign offers the following tips:
      • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
      • Learn about the emergency plans in your area. Visit your state’s website to locate the closest cooling center.
      • Build or restock your emergency kit. Include food, water, prescription medicines, flashlight, batteries, hearing aid batteries, cash, copies of important financial documents, and first aid supplies.
      • Be prepared to stay cool if the power is off for a long time. Consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall, or library that has air conditioning.

      For more information on preparing for power outages this summer, visit

      Saturday, July 14, 2018

      #BeatTheHeat this summer

      Beat the Heat this Summer
      Stay safe as summer heats up. Prepare yourself for the high temperatures. 

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable. 

      Before the next heat wave, or outdoor activity, follow these protective actions from the CDC and stay cool this summer:
      • Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible.
      • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty.
      • Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
      • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
      • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
      • Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.
      • Never leave children or pets in cars.
      • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

      Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at

      Wednesday, July 11, 2018

      Don't you just hate radar indicated warnings? #Skywarn #WRN @wrnambassadors

      You are sound asleep at 2 a.m.  The weather radio alarms for a tornado warning.  The warning reads this is a "radar indicated" storm.

      Outside ... you went outside? ... the wind is breezy and, in the distance, there's a thunderhead with lightning.

      As you stagger back to bed, grumbling what the Weather Service was thinking that caused your loss of sleep, realize there is a better way.

      At two AM, surely there was someone awake upstream of the warning area.  Were there any reports of funnels or tornadoes or wind damage or hail?  Why were those reports not getting to the weather service?  Were there no reports?  Now the weather service has to rely on radar  but a trained spotter report takes away or adds to the nature of the warning.  

      There are so many ways to get a report to the National Weather Service.  CALL them.  There number is listed on every Weather Forecast Office.  Locate your WFO by going to Weather.GOV and typing your zip code in the search box.

      When you found your local weather page,  look for "your local forecast office is" and click that link.  There Skywarn and Weather Ready Nation efforts, along with the phone number is found there.

      Ask them how they want Citizens to report.  Most will accept a phone call. 

      When you see hail, damaging wind, flood, ice storms, etc., CALL the local office.

      They also follow on Twitter and Facebook a lot.  Tag them in your post.  @NWSTulsa, for example, is the Tulsa NWS office on Twitter and Facebook.  How selfish is it of you to tag your friends while disregarding the place that can give the warning to your friends and your neighbors?

      Hashtags are also a good way to use social media.  #XXwx where XX is the two letter identifier for your State, ex. KSwx 

      Photos also tell a thousand words.  That hail stone looks great next to a ruler or a quarter.

      Be part of your community.  Report your weather to the NWS and your local emergency manager.  Maybe we can all get a good rest if there are fewer radar indicated storms, maybe.

      Saturday, July 07, 2018

      Steps to Prevent Vehiclular Heatstroke #LookBeforeYouLock #Skywarn

      In just 10 minutes a car can heat up by 20 degrees and become deadly
      On hot days, the temperature inside your car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

      In 2017, 42 children died of vehicular heatstroke. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal.

      When left in a hot car, a child's temperature can rise quickly. A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's.

      Help prevent vehicular heatstroke with these eight steps from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
      1. Never leave a child or pet in a car unattended—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is on.
      2. Make a habit of looking in the car—front and back—before locking the door and walking away.
      3. Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for care as expected.
      4. Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat so you do not accidentally leave a child or pet in the car.
      5. Write a note or place a toy in the passenger's seat to remind you of the child or pet in the car.
      6. Teach children not to play in cars and store keys out of a child's reach.
      7. If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911.
      8. Remove the child from the car and rapidly cool them if they are in distress due to heat.

      Learn more extreme heat preparedness at If you would like to help spread the word about extreme heat safety, you can visit the Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit for resources. Download the FEMA App for heat advisories and safety tips.

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