Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s most severe storms. High winds, clouds and rain move around the calm center of the hurricane, referred to as the “eye of the hurricane”.
Surrounding the “eye of the hurricane” is the strongest winds of the hurricane. These winds are known as the Eye wall. These winds swirl around the eye in a counter-clockwise motion at speeds anywhere from 74 to 200 MPH. In the summer and late fall, the air over the ocean warms up considerably, picks up moisture and begins to move in a circular motion, forming a tropical depression. If the wind speed accelerates above 39 mph, then it is classified has a Tropical Storm and is giving a name. When the wind reaches 74 mph, then the storm becomes a hurricane.
Doing basic maintenance and having necessary items will reduce the damage of your home in the event of a hurricane. Insurance is also a great protective measure that is available to you.
- Flood Insurance.
- Have the equipment needed to secure property in the home such as bungee cords and rope.
- Identify potential hazardous areas which will cause the most damage and take preventative measures.
- Have boards for covering windows.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed
- Know how to reinforce garage doors and have the necessary equipment to do so.
- Keep rain gutters clear
- Know how to turn off utilities
The threat of wildland fires for people living near wildland areas or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real and occur over 100 times every year.
Advance planning and knowing how to protect buildings and your family in these areas can lessen the devastation of a wildland fire.
A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted wildland fire including unauthorized human-caused fires. Vegetation fires are caused by slash and burn land clearing, clearing of plantations following logging operations, and by natural events such as lightning or extreme drought. During dry seasons fires usually reach a peak and can present a trans-boundary problem when prevailing winds disperse the smoke across borders to other countries.
Characteristics/Measurements: There are three different classes of wildland fires.
A surface fire is the most common type and burns along the floor of a forest, moving slowly and killing or damaging trees, especially young trees.
A ground fire are usually started by lightning. They burn on or below the forest floor in the humus layer down to the mineral soil.
When a wildfire occurs, the demand on fire department service is extreme. Protecting life is their first priority. Protecting property and resources secondary. With both wildland vegetation and a large number of structures threatened, the fire department resources become overwhelmed. Often, they may have to decide between attacking the fire or choosing which structure can be saved.
You can help improve the fire-fighting effort by making your property a place to effectively battle a blaze, and make it more likely your structure can be saved.
-Learn safe camp or open pit fire practices. Avoid open burning completely during dry season.
-Build fires away from nearby trees or bushes. Always have a way to extinguish the fire quickly and completely. Never leave a fire--even a cigarette--burning unattended.
-Perform weed abatement on a regular schedule for structures built near wooded areas.
-Use fire-resistant materials when building, renovating, or retrofitting structures.
-Create a safety zone to separate the home from combustible plants and vegetation. Stone walls can act as heat shields and deflect flames. Swimming pools and patios can be a safety zone.
-Check for fire hazards around home.
Active shooting incidents, seem to be happening all over the place. Large cities, small towns, schools, movie houses, workplace, almost everywhere. We must become aware of how to deal with an active shooter situation. Welcome to life in the 21st century.
When faced with an Active Shooter situation, you have one of three things you must remember Run - Hide - Fight.
Disclaimer: this information is advisory in nature and is not intended to identify all scenarios or situations a person might encounter. Following these guidelines will not guarantee your safety. Use common sense in all situations.
Profile of an Active Shooter
We must look at what an active shooter looks like or how they act. If you are able to identify someone who might be an active shooter quickly. Then you can begin to take preparedness actions quicker than most. I am not saying that you must raise the alarms right away, but if you see someone looking strange, maybe wearing an overcoat in the middle of summer, or wearing combat fatigues and carrying a backpack, you might want to look for your nearest exit or start to mentally develop a plan, what am I going to do, if this guy starts shooting.
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use.