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The GO|STAY|KIT® is featured on page 48 of the May/June 2014 edition of Emergency Management Magazine. This premier printed news magazine brings together leaders who drive the nation’s prevention, protection, and response and recovery operations. It has a circulation of 50,000, reaching 257,000 of the most influential public-sector decision makers. www.emergencymgmt.com has 1.8m annual page views, 500k annual unique visitors, and 164k average monthly page views.
Emergency Management’s audience is the state, city and county leaders in the emergency management, public safety, and homeland security fields including first responders senior command (police, fire, EMS, HAZMAT), critical infrastructure authorities, IT directors and public health professionals. It is the only all-hazard and all-stakeholders media platform dedicated to fostering collaboration across all core stakeholder groups responsible for preparing for, and responding to, the full range of natural and man-made disasters.
According to FEMA’s recent Preparedness in America Report, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for natural or manmade disasters. In fact, when management encourages their employees to prepare for disasters, employees are 75% more likely to take action.
EMPLOYERS-start emergency preparedness in the workplace today, you never know what tomorrow will bring?
Have you ever noticed a unique sound and vibration coming from your cell phone? It’s an unmistakable sound, similar to the obnoxious sound that you hear from an Emergency Action Notification TV test. WEA cell phone messages provide information about extreme weather conditions, local emergencies, AMBER Alerts™, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
WEAs look like a text message and show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. If you receive a WEA, follow any directions advised by the message and seek additional information from local media or authorities.
WEAs are sent by authorized government agencies only.
Recent extreme winter storms in the U.S. have left several East coast cities with dangerous utility outages. Beyond the initial inconvenience, loss of electricity, gas and water can be life threatening. It’s critical to know how you and your family can prepare and stay safe in the event of a utility outage. Some utility outage checklist items include:
- Write down important phone numbers & power company info
- Locate and label your utility shutoff switches and valves
- Have your 72-hour emergency preparedness kit ready to go
Some small steps taken now to prepare, will pay off with big dividends later.
Loss of electricity can jeopardize the safety of food stored in your refrigerator or freezer. In the event of a blackout, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? Here are some tips to minimize the potential loss of food, and lower the risk of getting sick. Before a blackout prep work…
- Gather an emergency supply of dry food, packaged foods, boxed or canned milk, bottled water, and canned food.
- Have coolers on hand and frozen gel packs in the freezer, in case the power goes out longer than four hours.
- Keep freezer items close together—this helps the food stay cold longer.
Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees. The USDA instructs setting your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power is out for less than four hours, and the refrigerator door is kept closed, your food should stay safe. Following a long blackout…
- Discard any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more.
- Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of the food – never taste it! You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe.
- Discard any refrigerated items that have come in contact with raw meat, seafood, or poultry juices.
Power outages can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do to avoid getting sick.