Heat STROKE vs heat EXHAUSTION vs heat CRAMPS

Heat-related illnesses!

Knowing the differences is critical when determining the need for immediate medical care.

  • Heat Stroke, also referred to as “sun stroke,” degrades the body’s temperature control system, which regulates perspiration. A victim experiencing heat stroke can suffer brain damage or death if they do not receive proper medical care.
  • Heat Exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in hot, humid weather conditions. Heat exhaustion causes an increase in blood flow to the skin, resulting in a deprivation of blood in the vital organs. If untreated, heat exhaustion may cause a victim to suffer heat stroke.
  • Heat Cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are non-life threatening, they are often a precursor to more serious heat-related health concerns.

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Each year, extreme heat is responsible for hundreds of deaths in the United States. Medical professionals are available 24/7 to respond.

Stay informed and know the signs/symptoms.

Hydrate often peeps!

@rusnivek

 

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Here is a free easy read shelter map for Oahu.

http://cchnl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d06eeca5c9a84d1c95944ea8a92f9b7b

1. Find the shelter location nearest to you.

2. Have a plan and several routes planned out on how to get there during heavy traffic.

3. Ready your emergency preparedness kit w/ medications, flashlights, Family Communications plan, and supplies.

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Be akamai peeps.

@rusnivek

Punctuation matters…just ask @AP #SMEM #PIO

If you ever thought punctuation doesn’t matter…just ask the Associated Press right now.

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In 9 minutes, the Twitterverse went bonkers. AP was forced to respond.

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Punctuation matters peeps.

@rusnivek

Accountability is key in any event or disaster – Well done Chief!

Glad to see my T-card class is being used already for all the public safety professionals in the Mahoning County area today for their big event Thunder Over the Valley.

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Way to use ICS and NIMS for resource allocation on scene as well as in the air too (And we all know it’s not easy keeping up with the USAF Thunderbirds).

Also, check out a behind the scenes shot from Bazetta Fire Chief Dennis Lewis at their Incident Command Post. OSC, PSC, and RESL positions referencing those valuable T-cards.

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For any occasion, event, or disaster – accountability will make or break you. So make sure your crews know what to do.

Keep up the solid work peeps!

@rusnivek

Question for the White House Office of Public Engagement #PrepareAthon

See, it was a good question!

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Paulette Aniskoff (@PAniskoff44), Director of the Office of Public Engagement, The White House.

Well, it’s not often I get to correspond with my White House peeps.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nMXu2GriQ0

@rusnivek

My day at FEMA HQ #Prepared2014

Had a chance to stop by FEMA HQ.

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Also FEMA’s new MCOVs were on display right next to Quizno’s. Neeto stuff.

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One of the highlights was a chance to sit and hang in the NRCC for a bit…just to see where the magic happens. Sa-weet.

Then on to the serious stuff. Lots of discussion with FEMA’s External Affairs folks pertaining to preparedness and readiness. #Prepared2014 – great stuff planned as we move into mid 2014. Truth be told, I’m just glad to be a part of the action.

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I also enjoy meeting with people who are passionate about their jobs and really believe in their careers. It’s not often you get to see that kind of true dedication.

Running to make my afternoon meetings, I got a chance to hang with several Emergency Managers from around the country who were in town attending the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Mid Year Planning Conference in VA.

Not only are they true fellow emergency managers, more importantly, they are friends. Trouble was to be had since we tried to emulate Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar night #Selfie for the other #SMEM folks. BTW-if you don’t know these peeps in this picture, trust me, you should. No seriously, trust me, you should.

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Mahalos to Meischa Jackson for the assist.

I also got to sit down and talk again to Doc Lumpkins who is the Director of National Integration Center at FEMA HQ.

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Haven’t seen him since the 2011 UASI Conference in San Francisco. I can’t begin to tell you how funny he is. I got nothing but mad respect for this guy!

In review, I should really make more trips to DC to meet with my peeps.

*sigh*

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Now off to South Carolina!

@rusnivek