Hitting the road this holiday? In some areas winter weather means snow, sleet, and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, and unseen dangers. Are you prepared? According to a recent FEMA survey, 52% of people reported having supplies set aside for use in a disaster.
If your travel needs call for driving in wintry weather, prepare your car for the trip by updating your vehicle emergency kit with:
- Booster cables
- Blankets, hats, socks, and mittens
- Road salt or sand
- Fluorescent distress flag
While on the road, follow these driving techniques to ensure you reach your destination safely:
- Decreasee your speed and leave plenty of room to stop
- Break gently to avoid skidding
- Do not use crusie control or overdrive on icy roads
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to others
Road conditions can change quickly! Should disaster strike when traveling, keep up with weather forecasts and plan ahead. Remember safety first. If weather conditions are too severe, it is best not to drive.
New Home Heating Patterns May Increase Potential for Chimney Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
With record-setting home heating prices anticipated this autumn and winter, efficiency is at the forefront this year. As many homeowners address their financial concerns by turning to solid fuel appliances, like wood or pellet stoves, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) sends the reminder that the new heating patterns, including an increase in solid-fuel use, have the potential to increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimneys and chimney connectors accounted for the largest share (36 percent) of home heating fire incidents in 2005, with “failure to clean” accounting for two-thirds of those fires.
Responsible operation of heating appliances calls for annual maintenance. Surprisingly few homeowners realize that the chimneys venting their furnaces, water heaters and stoves, as well as the fireplace in the living room, need to be inspected by a qualified professional each year.
The most recent estimates available from the Consumer Product Safety Commission show an average of 25,700 residential structural fires related to fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors resulting in 30 deaths and $627 million in property losses annually.
In addition to encouraging that chimneys and vents be inspected on an annual basis and maintained as needed to reduce the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimney, the CSIA also recommends the following winter heating safety tips:
Ensure that new appliances are installed with the correct venting components as defined by the manufacturer.
Install a carbon monoxide detector on every level of the home.
Check smoke alarms. Replace batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when clocks are reset for Daylight Savings Time.
For further information on chimney and venting safety, chimney inspections, what to expect when you hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and to locate a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, homeowners are encouraged to visit www.CSIA.org or (800) 536-0118.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Types of Alerts Can I Receive?
Emergency-to be used in the event there is an immediate danger to life or health.
General-to be used for information of developing issues, public announcements-i.e. mosquito fogging, chemical release-not posing an immediate threat, boil water advisories, etc.
Weather-the following Warnings are sent by the National Weather Service.
- Severe Thunderstorm
- Flash Flood
What Do I Need to Do?
- If you have a listed number then you should already be in the system for EMERGENCY calls only.
- If you wish to receive General and/or Weather notifications you must register.
- If you only use a cell phone you must register to receive any notification.
- If you recently moved or changed your phone number, you must register.
How Do I Register?
- Go to www.louisvilleky.gov
- Follow the on-screen links and input your information
- If you need assistance contact MetroCall 311
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Below are Public Service Announcements that are currently relevent:
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There is much more information about carbon monoxide, generators, and home heating there!
Preparing for a Disaster
An emergency can strike anywhere, at any time. Are you prepared for disaster? Check out our Preparing for Disaster section to the left for tips to prepare for events such as extreme heat, extreme cold, floods, tornado warnings, and earthquakes.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY INFORMATION
With unpredictable severe weather conditions always in the forecast, please use caution when encountering downed power lines.
Use these tips when Planning for Disaster.
A Watch means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident may occur in your area. Monitor weather conditions / hazardous incident closely.
A Warning means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident is occurring or is imminent. Seek shelter immediately!
Learn how to protect yourself during various disasters. Click here.
Louisville Emergency Management Agency
The Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and manmade disasters through advance coordination with local, state and federal agencies. The agency follows the operational guidelines in the Emergency Operations Plan in disaster management.
All of Louisville's 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, and emergency management staff are operating out of one state-of-the-art facility: the MetroSafe building is located at 5th and Liberty Streets in downtown Louisville. ( Map it ). Read more about the facility. For more information regarding MetroSafe, visit their website.
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