County says be prepared as storms approach

(August 17, 2012, EL CENTRO) – The Imperial County Office of Emergency Services (OES) wants to remind Imperial County residents that additional thunderstorms are expected in Imperial County and it is important for the public to be prepared for thunderstorms and flooding in addition to any type of emergency.
Remember, preparedness is everyone’s job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society — service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen — should plan ahead for disaster.
Take appropriate steps to prepare for a thunderstorm: 
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Keep your rain gutters and roofs free of debris
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day                      
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash during a Flood
If you are not at home, do not attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. Instead, go directly to higher ground.
Keep children and pets away from floodwaters, storm drains and sewers.
If you are in a car, never try to take a shortcut through flooded areas. If your car stalls, immediately abandon it and climb to higher ground if conditions permit.
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