Jan
2
2015

Safety Checklist for the New Year

  • Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure:
    • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
    • Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
      • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts. Learn more about NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
  • Find out how your community warns the public about severe weather:
  • Listen to emergency broadcasts.
  • Make a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together during an extreme winter event, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do during an emergency.
  • Be sure to check on older neighbors and family members; assist as necessary.
  • Know what winter storm warning terms mean:
    • Winter Weather Advisory: Expect winter weather condition (e.g., accumulation of snow, freezing rain, and sleet) that could cause severe inconvenience and life-threatening hazards.
    • Frost/Freeze Warning: Expect below-freezing temperatures.
    • Winter Storm Watch: Be alert; a storm is likely.
    • Winter Storm Warning: Take action; the storm is in or entering the area.
    • Blizzard Warning: Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.
    • Other terms are available from NOAA.

Heating Checklist

  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
  • Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Have the following safety equipment:
    • Chemical fire extinguisher
    • Smoke alarm in working order (Check prior to winter storm season and change batteries, if needed.)
    • Carbon monoxide detector (Check prior to winter storm season and change batteries, if needed.)
  • Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.
  • Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.
Jul
17
2014

Open House Success

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Open House! We’re proud to say the turnout was well beyond what we expected, and look forward to seeing everyone at the 2015 Open House next year!

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their help and contributions to the Open House as well! Thank you Inflatable Fun Factory, The Bridge Church, Gattitown, Oak Hill Elementary, Highland Elementary, Lewis Bakeries and VCSO K-9!