Monthly Archives: December 2014
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions.
There are many ways to get involved in your community's emergency preparedness. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes, and communities safer from risks and threats.
Learning what actions to take before, during and after a wildfire increases individual and family resilience and speeds the recovery process. The following actions are some important recommendations that you can follow through each stage of a Wildfire emergency:
Unfortunately volcanic eruptions cannot be prevented. However, as a volcano becomes active, it gives off a number of warning signs. These warning signs are picked up by volcanologists, the volcano is monitored, and recommended actions are given to people in the immediate area.
Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, the effect of a tsunami can be reduced through community preparedness, timely warnings, and effective response. There are certain recommended actions that can help you through each stage of a Tsunami emergency.
Tornadoes can happen at any time of the year, and at any time during the day or night. There are certain recommended actions that help you through each stage of a Tornado emergency.
Depending on the speed at which the area of the RDD detonation was evacuated or how successful people were at sheltering-in-place, the number of deaths and injuries from an RDD might not be substantially greater than from a conventional bomb explosion.
If there were threat of a nuclear attack, people living near potential targets could be advised to evacuate or they could decide on their own to evacuate to an area not considered a likely target. Protection from radioactive fallout would require taking shelter in an underground area or in the middle of a large building.
Incendiary terrorism incidents involve flammable devices that are either stationary or hand-thrown. There are certain things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property from the effects of a bomb, explosive, or incendiary terrorist threat.
A chemical attack could come without warning. Signs of a chemical release include people having difficulty breathing; experiencing eye irritation; losing coordination; becoming nauseated; or having a burning sensation in the nose, throat and lungs. There are certain recommended actions you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property from the effects of a chemical terrorist threat.
A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick. Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious. You will probably learn of the danger through an emergency radio or TV broadcast, or some other signal used in your community.
Arriving on the scene, or in the midst of a potential terrorist incident, certain steps must be taken in order to survive the incident and render aid to others. The first concern must be self-protection.
The term “space weather” refers to the variable conditions on the sun and in space that can influence the performance of technology we use on Earth. There are recommended actions that can help you through each stage of a Solar Event emergency.
When it comes to severe thunderstorms, it's better to take caution and seek shelter in a substantial building or storm shelter, as tornadoes can form very quickly. There are certain recommended actions that can help through each stage of a Severe Thunderstorm emergency.
A widespread power outage can have a major impact on a community, compromising emergency services, water supplies, and the ability to purchase commodities like gasoline or food.
No immediate health effects would be expected in the general public from a nuclear power plant accident. That is because the amount of radiation present would be too small to cause immediate injury or illness. However, there is a risk of long-term health effects and cancer may develop many years after the exposure.
Do you live in a landslide risk area or do you in an area where landslide has occurred? The following actions are some important recommendations that you can follow through each stage of a Landslide or Mass Movement emergency:
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
A new NOAA spacecraft, The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts.
Mitigation is deciding on which actions to take before, during, and after the next disaster. The following actions are some important recommendations that you can follow through each stage of an Earthquake emergency:
Mitigation is deciding on which actions to take before, during, and after the next disaster — to reduce human and financial consequences later by analyzing, reducing, and insuring against risk. The following actions are some important recommendations that you can follow through each stage of an Epidemic/Pandemic/Plague emergency:
Mitigation can be defined as the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now (before the next disaster) to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk).
Red Cross First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers school staffs, professional responders and healthcare providers, as well as the general public.
Plan how you will assemble your family and supplies and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency and know the evacuation routes to get to those destinations.
How long would it take you to find copies of financial records, insurance documents, birth certificates and more if you had to evacuate at a moment's notice? Before a disaster strikes is a good time to find and organize important documents you might need.
Pre-disaster financial planning is essential for individuals and families to complete because disasters leave many without access to finances or with expensive damages. You may need cash for the first few days, or even several weeks. Safeguarding your finances is easy if you start now.
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