From: Eric J. DeArmitt Community Hazard Mitigation Analyst
Insurance Services Office, Inc.
4030 W. Braker Lane, Suite 350
Austin, TX 78759 Office Ph.: (512) 440-9903
I have received your information and will place the work order to add the station to our mapping. This will take until 1-June-2014 to be published on our mapping. HOWEVER, if any insurance agents or underwriters would like any information on it, feel free to give them my direct line number and I can speak with them directly.
In fact, the insurance companies are supposed to be calling ISO directly with any questions regarding PPC Classifications and not the fire departments.
The Redwater VFD is accepting applications for membership and is looking for dedicated & motivated individuals from our community. Redwater VFD is very active in the community by way of responding to emergencies, community education, medical response, fundraising, etc. Applicants should be active & motivated and willing to work along with an eagerness to learn. Redwater VFD members take pride in their department and are looking for individuals who will do the same.
If you, or anyone you know, are interested in firefighting & rescue services, we encourage you to apply for membership at our next meeting (every second Tuesday of each month).
For volunteers interested in the medical field, Redwater VFD is an Emergency Medical Responder department responding to medical calls for ambulance pre-arrival care. To be a part of this program, volunteers must complete an Emergency Medical Responder class.
Please take time to view this “How To Survive A Heart Attack When Alone“ presentation, it may well save your life or someone else’s one day. This presentation may be downloaded from our “Downloads” section of this website and is available in an Adobe PDF version and a PowerPoint version.
Remember that extreme heat conditions most commonly affect the very young & the elderly. However, anyone working out in these conditions can become a victim of a heat-related illness. Medications and medical conditions can alter your reaction to excessive heat.
Remember that effects of heat can be cumulative – with temperatures not dropping very much during evening hours, your recovery time to heat stress will be increased.
Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.
In the course of a day’s work in the heat, you may produce as much as 2 to 3 gallons of sweat. Because so many heat disorders involve excessive dehydration of the body, it is essential that water intake during the workday be about equal to the amount of sweat produced. Most workers exposed to hot conditions drink less fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Therefore, you should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much to drink. Instead, drink 5 to 7 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish the necessary fluids in the body. Water and/or sports drinks are preferred. Avoid drinks containing caffeine (caffeine is a diuretic & will cause you to lose more fluids).
If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water, cool towels or by fanning.
The Cities of Texarkana, Bowie County, and Miller County have instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System – an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows telephoning of all or the targeted areas of the city or county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child, evacuation notices, & weather warnings) occurs. The system is capable of dialing 60,000 phone numbers per hour and upon contact delivers a recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number. You can go to the Texarkana web site and click on the CodeRED icon to sign up.
THIS SYSTEM WILL ONLY BE USED FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES
There are many potential emergencies and disasters that one may be forced to deal with at some time in their lives. Whether or not those disasters produce dire consequences may rely on the preparation and plans of those affected. Global weather patterns and changes have increased the frequency and magnitude of disasters such as blizzards, hurricanes, and floods. Many areas are prone to certain kinds of disasters, and it is important for families to learn about the environment in which they live. Awareness and preparedness greatly increase the possibility of survival from many disasters.
Many disasters can cause conditions whereby individuals and families may be without resources for a period of time. Most disasters cause power outages, and that can affect food, water, heat, and the ability to communicate. In such cases, emergency personnel may not be aware of those in need, or be able to provide to those in need, for days. That is why one of the first steps in disaster preparedness is the creation of an emergency kit. Of course, some families may want to tailor their emergency kits to the areas in which they live and the possibilities of certain natural disasters. However, most emergency kits should contain at the least the following items: one gallon of water for each day that one believes the power could be out; a first aid kit with minor first aid instructions; personal items such as toilet paper, soap, and feminine hygiene products; important paperwork and phone numbers; a manual can opener and rustic cooking supplies; tools, plastic sheeting, and duct tape; heavy-duty bags and a bucket for sanitation and waste purposes; ready to eat food that maintains its freshness; blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows; medication; and products that the family pet may need. These staples may be able to sustain a family for many days of loss of power or inability to leave the house due to flooding. The family should have a plan to meet at a named place outside the home in case of a fire or in case they are separated during a flood, tornado, or another disaster that may cause a family to flee the home. An area should be designated and stocked in the house in the event that they are trapped for days due to impending disaster; it is best if the area is contained in the interior of the house with few windows and has a landline telephone that is not electric.
Emergency and disaster detection and warning systems have improved astronomically over the past few decades. Many times families have ample warning to vacate a home and move to a safer location in plenty of time. If an evacuation is recommended, it is best to go as directed. A home and property is not nearly as important as the life of a family member. Pack essential clothing, emergency supplies, and leave as soon as possible. Even if it is not possible to evacuate safely, the following sites explain some of the more common possible natural disasters and how an individual or family can best prepare for those disasters.
It’s common for people to assume that a home is a very safe place. Well, it may not be as safe as you think. Every year, there are millions of home injuries, resulting in around 20,000 deaths. Most of these deaths are caused by falls and poisonings but there are other cases like fires, burns, suffocation, drowning, electric shocks, and more.
Records reveal that a lot of home injuries can be avoided. This is why it’s important to be educated about home safety. Knowing what to do when an accident or emergency occurs would save valuable time. When you learn how to make places in the home safer, you can prevent injuries and other hazards. Look to the following for home safety information and checklists by various rooms in the house.
Kitchen Safety: Provides information on cooking safety with a number of simple safety tips.
Kitchen Safety Checklist: Use this checklist to ensure safety on manual handling, machinery and tools, heat, electricity, gas, and fire.
Cooking Fire Safety: Offers safety tips on the right equipment, barbecue grills, and items which can catch fire.
Children are active individuals. They enjoy exploring the world around them and being independent. This curiosity can be great for a child’s development or unsafe for those who are not taught about common dangers. Parents want to be assured that their children are capable of handling all kinds of emergencies. It’s important that children are educated on being safe in everyday activities. When safe measures are taken children can enjoy activities to their fullness. No matter where they are the following resources can help keep them safe.
Kidz Safety Approval: The Pupil Transportation in North Carolina presents a fun bus safety program of interactive games, tips and videos.
Safety Rules: The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg gives rules for staying safe on the bus. Test your safety knowledge with the interactive quiz.
Kids Bus Safety: An interactive bus safety questionnaire to help kids test their knowledge on bus safety.
Bus Safety Tips: Tips for students and drivers. The Center for the Advancement of Public Health also provides 10 basic rules for staying safe on the bus.
Asbestos was heavily used in construction products for most of the last century. While asbestos has been banned for most uses since the 1980s, many of those buildings still contain asbestos. An event such as a fire can cause the microscopic fibers that make up asbestos to release into the air where they can be inhaled by firefighters or residents. Exposure to asbestos has proven to result in a wide range of health conditions, including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Asbestos.com offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos and mesothelioma-related issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma clinical trials.