Thursday, October 22, 2009
· How to prepare food without power for up to two weeks
· How long food can last in a fridge or freezer following power outage
· Proper long-term water storage
· What non-food items are necessary for survival
The class will be held on November 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 1st Avenue, Longview (building just south of the Hall of Justice). Marcie Maynes of Simple-Safety will teach you the basics of power outage survival and will be assisting you in preparing actual recipes, so come hungry and leave full of ideas! Prepare to be your own hero! If you are interested in attending this FREE class, please click here to send an email to register.
From Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)
Let’s test your personal preparedness level for H1N1 (Swine Flu). Answer the following questions with a "yes" or "no":
- Have you received your seasonal flu vaccine?
- Will you receive your H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available to your priority group?
- When you cough, do you cover your nose and mouth with your elbow, shoulder or use a tissue that is immediately thrown in the garbage?
- Do you regularly avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth?
- Do you wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze? Or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly?
- When you wash your hands, do you sing your ABC’s or "happy birthday" twice?
- Do you try to avoid contact with people who are exhibiting signs of being sick?
- Do you stay home from work or community events when you are sick (even if you have important things to do for our community)?
- If you or your family member has a fever, do you stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER the fever has gone away?
- Is your home stocked with enough food, hand sanitizer, over-the-counter medications, tissues and other related items so that you can stay home for several days and minimize contact with others?
If you can answer "yes" to 8-10 of these questions, you are very prepared for this flu season. If you only answered "yes" to a few of these questions, consider becoming more prepared because as you prepare, you help your whole community.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Cowlitz County DEM will continue to provide emergency information as necessary, but updates specific to H1N1 will be posted by Region IV Incident Command at the above website.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Next week begins "Winter Weather Awareness Week," an annual campaign from the National Weather Service. It's time once again to break out the emergency lighting, heavy boots and umbrellas. Power outages are also common this time of year. If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water. Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet. Click here to visit the National Weather Service website and learn more about Winter Weather.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The first shipment of H1N1 vaccine arrived today in Southwest Washington. The 2,890 doses arrived at Clark County Public Health in intra-nasal form and were shared with health jurisdictions in Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.Vaccine will first be made available to two priority groups, including healthcare workers and emergency responders who provide direct patient care, and to children in childcare or other group settings. Intra-nasal vaccine is suitable for healthy individuals between the ages of 2 and 49. It cannot be given to pregnant women.Hospitals in the four-county region will receive vaccine directly from the vaccine distributor, and will use the vaccine for staff who provide direct care.More intra-nasal H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive in the region next week. Injectable vaccine is expected to arrive later in the month. Public health officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated against seasonal flu now and H1N1 (swine flu) as supplies allow. Because supplies may be limited initially, the vaccine will first be offered to those at highest risk of complications from H1N1. These include:
- Pregnant women (injectable vaccine only)
- Persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
- Health-care and emergency medical services personnel
- Persons ages 6 months--24 years
- Persons ages 25--64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
More information about the response to H1N1 (swine flu) in Southwest Washington is available at www.flunewsswwashington.org.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The exams are for first-time licenses or upgrades. Attendees are asked to bring their original radio license and a copy; pending Certificates of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCEs); a picture ID; and a calculator.
Pre-exam study online is encouraged at the Web site: www.qrz.com/ham/
For details, contact Judi-K7HRW by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 274-3480 (or) contact JR-NW7S by email: email@example.com.
HAM Radio is an essential part of emergency operations. If you want to be part of an important team and have FUN in the process, HAM radio is for you!
Friday, October 2, 2009
As any Granny worth her salt would say, "The frost is on the pumpkin." And, by that, I mean fall is here. Time for potato soup, candles and cozy sweaters! Also, it's time to be thinking about some some back-up plans in case the power goes out. Here are some basic power outage preparation tips courtesy of our Cowlitz PUD.
- Create a kit that contains flashlights with extra batteries and a battery powered radio. Know where to find it in a dark house!
- Cordless phones do NOT work without electricity, so make sure you have an old-school corded phone.
- Know how to open your electric garage door if the power is out.
If the power goes out:
- Unplug electronics--computer, TV, microwave--and don't turn them on again until the lights have returned to normal brightness.
- Turn down thermostats and turn off water heater circuit breaker to help reduce initial electric demand when power is restored.
- Do not open refrigerators or freezers.
- If you use a generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Place it outside for proper ventilation. NEVER use barbeques or propane heaters indoors.
- Leave a porch light switched on to let PUD repair crews know when service is restored.
- To report a power outage, call the PUD at 423-2210 or (800) 631-1131.
Short power outages are a part of life in this area, but imagine what it would be like to have to deal with it for a week or more, like some of our neighbors to the north did last year. On a related note, later this fall, the Department of Emergency Management will be hosting a "Cooking in the Dark" seminar to teach people how to survive and thrive during an extended power outage. Keep checking the blog for more information!