Run like hell?!?! #Fireworks

I’m no genius, but if your fireworks say this…

…then you likely could get hurt. So please PLEASE be careful this 4th of July holiday.

Also, fireworks are expensive. Leave it to the pros.

Here’s a quick news story with my friend Euclid Fire Capt Jay Northup on the dangers of fireworks who was injured a few months ago in NE Ohio. (click on the picture)

Fire Captain Jay Northup suffered a severe head injury, two ruptured eardrums, second-degree burns, and multiple bruises and cuts requiring 35 stitches after an accident involving fireworks. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Fire Captain Jay Northup suffered a severe head injury, two ruptured eardrums, second-degree burns, and multiple bruises and cuts requiring 35 stitches after an accident involving fireworks. / AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Again, I would highly recommend that you leave the fireworks to the pros.

@rusnivek

What does the term “Heat Index” really mean? #HOT

Ever wonder what “Heat Index” means?

The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. To find the Heat Index temperature, look at the Heat Index Chart above or check our Heat Index Calculator. As an example, if the air temperature is 96°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index–how hot it feels–is 121°F. The red area without numbers indicates extreme danger. The National Weather Service will initiate alert procedures when the Heat Index is expected to exceed 105°-110°F (depending on local climate) for at least 2 consecutive days.

NWS also offers a Heat Index chart for area with high heat but low relative humidity. Since heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F. Also, strong winds, particularly with very hot, dry air, can be extremely hazardous.

Information provided by the NWS – the official source of weather related information.

@rusnivek

 

Let’s talk about Mitigation!

Another piece of the recovery effort is to breech the subject of mitigation.

We had several teams throughout the state placed in strategic locations – talking about mitigation strategies for various natural disasters.


Many of our teams handed out free flyers and pamphlets discussed ways to better mitigate dangers and potential issues at their residence or business.

Additionally, we also hosted several mitigation seminars across the state. Usually packed, we had lots of questions from disaster survivors


The one pictured above was in the second floor of the community’s fire station.

These types of community events are made so that residents have the ability to engage with Federal partners and ask questions, dispel rumors, and give a better understanding to processes.

And yes, no matter how early, mitigation and preparedness are such a critical part of phases of emergency management.

@rusnivek

Carabiners help keep your documents dry #NatlPrep

People often ask me about my backpack and what I carry in there all the time. Many inquire about the large locking carabiner on the top grab handle.

Plan to include several carabiners that will allow you to hang your important items up and away from flood waters. #NatlPrep 

I always keep my important documents (like copies of insurance cards, family communications plan, and out of state contacts) away from flood/wet areas. The carabiner allows me to hang my bag anywhere so my important documents never get wet.

My important documents are off the floor in the bathroom!

When putting together your kit, always include carabiners as they are multi-functional.

Another pro tip: Do NOT get a cheap carabiner, get sturdy rugged carabiners.

All month long, free preparedness tips for National Preparedness Month!

@rusnivek

 

Help your Dad before a disaster strikes #NatlPrep 

When making a plan for your family, do include planning for your Dad. That’s right, Dads could be in danger!

Sturdy boots are a must-have for any emergency preparedness kit. Or else this could be your Dad. #NatlPrep 


In an emergency, make sure your Dad is safe.


Plan ahead and stay safe!

@rusnivek

Reminder to heed to local #school buses #kids

Since so many kiddos are headed back to school (this week and next week) that it’s probably a good reminder for everyone to heed to local school buses in neighborhoods.

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We must all do our part in keeping safety at the forefront of our daily activities.

Abide by all rules and be mindful of kids.

@rusnivek