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Emergency management officials know that in weather emergencies, such as tornados, warnings can save lives. But they can’t always rely on traditional warning methods — television, radio and outdoor sirens — to reach everyone. Through a partnership with FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, officials are now able to send warnings directly to cell phones. Using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, the National Weather Service will send warnings for tornados, flash floods, blizzards and ice storms in the Kansas City area to cell towers that serve affected counties. The warnings will go automatically to any newer-model cell phones within range of the towers. Learn more>
Flu season is underway. This season is seeing a resurgence of H1N1 which is causing respiratory complications – even in healthy young adults. Please get your flu shot. Wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you’re sick.
For the most up-to-date version of the flu map, click on the image above or visit the Centers for Disease Control interactive version>
As of January 15, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment still has flu vaccine available for $30 at walk-in clinics in Olathe and Mission. More information>
With the possibility of upcoming weather that may produce icy conditions, the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council would like to remind everyone of the hazards that are associated with downed power lines and possible power outages.
Remember that if you are using a generator as a means of supplying electricity:
We also would like to remind everyone to place and use candles or lanterns with care.
Power outages are disruptive and inconvenient. Using caution and good sense will help everyone stay safe in the event of any major storm.
Carbon monoxide is commonly known as “the silent killer.” Because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless, none of your senses can detect it. CO claims the lives of almost 300 people in their homes each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CO is a potentially deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces and kerosene heaters. Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safe:
After the recent shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security Department prepared this video outlining what you should do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation: run, hide or fight.
The video is a Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project, produced by the City of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The City grants permission to use the video in the format provided for its intended purpose only, information and awareness training for the general population.
Just in time for September’s National Preparedness Month, the Ad Council has released some humorous new videos on how not to be prepared. After a fun look at what not to do, the ads encourage parents to talk with their children about who to call, where to meet and what to pack in an emergency, and send viewers to www.ready.gov/kids for more information.
Watch for these new ads on local TV stations, or view them now on You Tube:
In part two of the "Disaster Place Theater" video series, our characters focus on what to do — and what not to do — during a fire. This video is part of a series that focuses on the different types of responses necessary for different emergencies. The series, produced by the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee, is designed to share important information in a fun, memorable way.
Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? If phone lines were down, if cell phones didn't work, if you couldn't get to the grocery store for a few days -- what would you do? If you had to evacuate -- where would you go?
Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. The time to plan for a disaster is now, before it happens.
Unlike outdoor sirens, all-hazards radios save lives by alerting people who are indoors when severe weather approaches. They can also alert people in homes, schools and businesses to other types of emergencies. These radios provide constant, useful and up-to-date weather information. They are equipped with a special alarm tone that will sound an alert and give immediate information in a life-threatening situation.
Project Community Alert (PCA) is a community-wide effort to distribute weather alert radios. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) has partnered with Price Chopper grocery stores to sell the radios at a special price, $29.95. To locate a store near you, visit www.mypricechopper.com and click on "Store Locator."