According to recent information from FEMA, Matthew is a major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (MPH) and while some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, this storm is expected to remain a powerful hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, the current forecast models for impact to the United States vary greatly from direct landfall to remaining offshore along the East Coast.
The How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines step you can take today to protect yourself and your property before a hurricane hits, including:
To learn more about preparing for hurricanes, check out “When the Waves Swell” from America’s PrepareAthon! and download the FEMA mobile app which will give you real-time weather updates and alerts. Be sure to share with family, friends, and neighbors.
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 Ready Campaign offers the following tips to stay safe when the mercury rises:
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.
The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships presents the “Resources to Help Prepare Houses of Worship for Emergencies” webinar. The webinar shares 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 discuss 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 has also received national publicity on the Fortune Magazine website, and in a local news story on CBS affiliate WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. If you were unable to attend the original webinar session, the recorded presentation is available with closed captioning at: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/p6jrqxbd8gw/. Faith and community leaders can also download resources to assist with preparing for emergency situations.
Fire is a continuous battle in the United States for the public and fire service. That’s why the U.S. Fire Administration is sponsoring Fire is Everyone’s Fight™, an initiative to raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety.
This campaign invites fire departments, safety advocates, community groups and schools to share the message about the realities of fire in an effort to help reduce home fires, deaths and property loss. The initiative includes targeted messages in key areas such as cooking, smoke alarms and escape planning.
Did you know 76 percent of all fire injuries occur in residential buildings? We all have a role in making sure fires don’t start. Join the movement! Register to receive exclusive access to outreach materials and download the campaign action plan to find out how you can support this national initiative in your home and neighborhood!
Some parts of the country experience extreme winter weather including blizzards. If a blizzard traps you in your car, do you know how to survive?
Taking the following steps can help you stay safe until you are found:
If you have a cell phone call 911 to ask for help. Do not hang up until you know whom you have spoken with and what will happen next. You can also sign up for wireless emergency alerts before you travel to receive life-saving alerts wherever you are. Items found in your vehicle emergency supply kit can assist you until help arrives. Take a look at this video from The Weather Channel showing how to prepare your winter car supply kit, including items you may not think of.
The Internet and social media are the third most popular way for Americans to gather and share emergency information with loved ones. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with family and friends. Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your emergency plans:
FEMA offers several ways to be tech savvy for disaster preparedness. The FEMA smartphone app contains an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location info and more to help you get started. It’s available for Apple, Blackberry and Android devices. Increase your technological know-how by joining the text message program to receive regular safety tips for specific hazards and to search for open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. public awareness campaign is joining the Flat Stanley Project to help kids learn the importance of cybersecurity. By downloading and using the Flat Stanley App, kids will be able to create their own "Flat Stanley" and "Flat Stella" character and send it on a tour of the Internet to learn about staying safe online and helping spread the word about cybersecurity.
The Flat Stanley App can be useful for kids, parents and teachers to start a discussion about online safety. Children will find simple tips on the app that encourage them to:
With kids spending more time than ever before on the Internet and social media, the partnership with the Flat Stanley Project allows the Department to further its efforts to raise cybersecurity awareness among young Americans. To learn about what DHS is doing to keep kids safe online and for other cybersecurity tips, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.
Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
For the most current information and recommendations, go online to www.readysouthflorida.org or visit the Ready South Florida group page on Facebook.
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