Emergency Management News

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is Your Family Financially Prepared for a Natural Disaster?


Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
Developing plans and participating in drills are essential emergency preparedness activities. Taking steps to be financially prepared for an emergency is a critical activity in any planning effort.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, contains information for you to prepare now for a financial emergency. The guide includes information on obtaining insurance, planning tips and resources to help you manage your finances, and accessing important records to help you recover more quickly should you be affected by a disaster.

Financial Preparedness Resources

Financial preparedness is one of the many ways to participate in Prepareathon. Register your preparedness actions today atwww.ready.gov/prepare.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hazards of Shoveling Snow #OKice


  
Person Shoveling Snow
Snow shoveling can be a chore and it can also be hazardous. 

According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, more than 10,000 people visit emergency rooms each year due to overexertion and injury while nearly 100 people die every year from heart attacks brought on by shoveling snow. Stay healthy and safe by taking these precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.
  • Dress warmly and work slowly. Your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it. Take breaks every few minutes and stretch by standing up straight.
  • Push the snow. Don’t lift. If you must lift, use your legs not your back.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. 
  • Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as clear of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping.
  • When shoveling, remember to keep snow and ice three feet from fire hydrants so firefighters can quickly access them in case of fire.
Find more winter safety information in the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Six Ways to Protect Pets in Winter


Wipe Your Dog's Paws Graphic

If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside. 

Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society:
  • Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. 
  • Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. 
  • Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet and may be toxic if ingested. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.  Use pet-safe products whenever possible. 
  • If there are feral or stray cats in your area, they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Learn more
  • Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine. 
  • If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned. If someone you raise these concerns with continues to neglect their animals, follow these steps to report wintertime neglect.
For more information, visit the Humane Society or find Cold Weather Guidelines for Large Animals and Livestock on www.ready.gov.