Emergency Management News

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Join Great #Shakeout Twitter Chats

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is gearing up for the 2015 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. To promote the event, SCEC will host a series of weekly Twitter chats at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT every Wednesday from now through August 26.

Each week the Twitter chats will highlight one of the "Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety":

·        July 29: Organize Disaster Supplies (Step Three)
·        August 5: Minimize Financial Hardship (Step Four)
·        August 12: Drop Cover Hold On (Step Five)
·        August 19: Improve Safety (Step Six)
·        August 26: 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. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather #OKwx #AltusOK


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.shtml.

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