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Spring is here and along with it comes another push by emergency management professionals to prepare for hazards associated with warmer weather. Hazards vary throughout the country, but there’s one that can happen anywhere at any time — a tornado.

It's a Gas!

Since this was a weekday, I was hoping for an easy shift. Little did I know that wouldn’t be the case. At some point, rumors began circulating that a battalion-level room inspection was scheduled for the next morning. I watched the camera system as a cleaning frenzy ensued and bag after bag of garbage was marched out of the building and into an overflowing dumpster.

  • 17 March 2024
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Fatal Fumes

There is nothing wrong with using a portable generator during an emergency, but it must be used wisely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. When used in a confined space, generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide within minutes.

  • 10 December 2023
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Preventing Falls while Decking the Halls

On a crisp December evening, I noticed some of the Christmas lights on our house were out. The unlit strand was along the trim in an area not for the faint of heart. In that spot, the trim rises sharply, perhaps 48-50 degrees, to an apex about 30 feet above the driveway. I have an extension ladder that easily reaches that area, so I wasn’t too concerned about making the repair.

  • 3 December 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Prepare and Maintain

Unless you live in the southern U.S., freezing weather and ice storms could be just weeks away. Here are a few actions you can take — both now in the warmer weather and later in colder temperatures — to ensure your power equipment will be safe and in good working order this winter.

  • 15 October 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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When an Emergency Strikes

An important part of family safety is having a plan and being prepared in case an emergency strikes. Why? So you can increase your personal sense of security and peace of mind. Preparing just makes sense.

  • 3 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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