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September is “National Preparedness Month”

8/28/13 11:31 AM Posted by Vic A. Lovell, QSSP

Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

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After the Storm

8/15/13 11:10 AM Posted by Vic A. Lovell, QSSP

This is the last post in this 3 part series.  Click here for the entire series.

Don’t expect to return home immediately. 

Access to damaged areas will be controlled due to rescue and repair

  • Avoid driving; leave the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Report dangling electrical wires and any broken water, gas, or sewer lines to your local utility department. Do not report individual interruptions in power, water, or phone service.
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Hurricane Disaster Kit

8/13/13 9:08 AM Posted by Vic A. Lovell, QSSP

This is Part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts.  Click here for the entire series.

Terms you should know...

Tropical Wave

A cluster of clouds and/or thunderstorms with little or no circulation* or strong wind.

Tropical Depression

An organized system of clouds and/or thunderstorms with some circulation at surface, highest winds less than 39 mph.

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Hurricane Preparedness

8/12/13 11:50 AM Posted by Vic A. Lovell, QSSP

This is Part 1 of a series of 3 blog posts.  Click here for the entire series.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms begin their active season this month and ORR Safety wants you to be prepared.

What to do when storms strike

Evaluate emergency equipment

Obtain and store materials such as plywood and duct tape necessary to properly secure your home. Pre-drill holes and cut plywood so you’re ready should a storm occur. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed. (NOTE: Once a hurricane watch or warning has been issued, do not attempt to trim trees and/or shrubs.)

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