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Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit:

  • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

Prepare your home and family

  • Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

Prepare your car

  • Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
    • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes andrepair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
    • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
    • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
    • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires.Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Place a winter emergency kit in each car that includes:
    • a shovel
    • windshield scraper and small broom
    • flashlight
    • battery powered radio
    • extra batteries
    • water
    • snack food
    • matches
    • extra hats, socks and mittens
    • First aid kit with pocket knife
    • Necessary medications
    • blanket(s)
    • tow chain or rope
    • road salt and sand
    • booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag

Dress for the Weather

  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

For more information:

http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/wi_before.shtm

 


Field Classes and Exams for Introduction to Emergency Communication Ready to Launch

EC-001 Updates:

The infrastructure to re-launch field instruction in ARRL’s Emergency Communications training program is now in place.

The printed course transcript is now available in the ARRL store: www.arrl.org/shop/The-ARRL-Introduction-to-Emergency-Communication-Course/

Field exams for the new course have been developed and are available from the ARRL Continuing Education Program office. You can review requirements for registering as a Field Examiner and find the information you’ll need to perform those responsibilities, including instructions for ordering exams, at: www.arrl.org/emergency-communications-field-examiners

You can find authorized ARRL Field Instructors and Field Examiners by conducting a search of our database at: www.arrl.org/find-a-fi and www.arrl.org/find-a-fe.

We’ve also just launched a new searchable database for Field Instructors and Field Examiners to register their classes and/or exam sessions on our website www.arrl.org/find-an-emcomm-class-exam.

 

EC-001 Field Instructors Needed

Field Instructors are volunteers who commit their time and expertise to offer classroom instruction of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course. Volunteer instructors may now conduct classroom instruction covering the material in the new Introduction to Emergency Communication course.

Field Instructors must be registered with the ARRL Continuing Education Program and must meet certain requirements:

  • Completion of EC-001 (old or new version)
  • Completion of FEMA IS-100, 200, 700 and 800
  • Must be 18 years of age with Technician or higher license
  • ARRL member
  • Recommendation of Section Manager

If you are interested in serving as an ARRL Field Instructor for EC-001 you may submit an application here.


Panhandle Regional Emergency Preparedness Conference

Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, 2011

Amarillo Civic Center, The Heritage Room

401 S. Buchanan, Amarillo, TX

Registration Deadline: June 3rd

To Register, CLICK HERE

Day One 7:30-8:30 Registration, North Exhibit Hall
8:30-9:30 Welcoming Session
9:30-10:00 Break and Coffee, North Exhibit Hall
10:00-Noon Concurrent Training Sessions
ICS Training For Executives
ICS 300
Mass Fatality Training
Mass Casualty Training
USDA-APHIS-VS
Joint FEMA/State Public Assistance Workshop
12:00-1:00 Luncheon With Keynote Speaker
1:00-3:00 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break, North Exhibit Hall
3:30-5:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
Day Two 8:00-9:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
Day 2 of ICS 300
Day 2 of Mass Fatality Training
Day 2 of Mass Casualty Training
PIO Training
Donations Management Training
9:30-10:00 Break and Coffee, North Exhibit Hall
10:00-Noon Continue Concurrent Training Sessions
12:00-1:00 Break for Lunch
1:00-3:00 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break, North Exhibit Hall
3:30-5:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks

Target Audience: Mayors, Judges, City Council Members, County Commissioners, City/County Administrative Staff, Law Enforcement, Fire Responders, EMS Responders, Hospital/Clinic /LTC Administrators, Morticians/Funeral Directors, Emergency Management Coordinators, School Administrators, Agriculture Producers, Extension Agents, Faith-Based Organizations, Area Volunteer Groups and VOADS, Private Sector Business Active in Disaster

Cost: No Charge. The costs associated with this conference are being supported by the PREMAC with homeland security grant funding provided through the Texas Division of Emergency Management and with the generous support of the following sponsors: Amarillo College, ATMOS Energy Corporation, DH Marketing, El Paso Natural Gas Company, Panhandle Regional Advisory Council, Texas Cattle Feeder’s Association, West Texas A&M University, Williams Fire and Hazard Control Association.

Conference Objective: This conference is designed to bring the area’s emergency management system stakeholders together for discussion, networking and training on issues of common concern and interest. The format for this 3rd annual event is being expanded to a 2-day conference to allow for more diverse training that will appeal to the volunteers and professionals that are part of the emergency management system serving our area.

Keynote Speaker: Jose Garcia is the Chief Meteorologist in the Amarillo National Weather Service Office. The NWS informs local stakeholders in the region’s emergency management system on imminent weather conditions that could produce natural disasters or impact the way in which local agencies respond to those events. The NWS is providing the region’s responder agencies with a tactical advantage in preparing for and responding to events.

Printable brochure – Click Here
Detailed Information on the training tracks – Click Here
For registration form – Click Here

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