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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
- Numbers must be visible from the street. Existing residential home numbering can be 3 1/2 inches high, however new residential homes must be at least 5 inches high and if you replace existing numbers they must be at least 5 inches high.
- Numbers should be placed on a contrasting background, with a reflective coating on the numbers for easy visibility at night.
- Repair or replace aging address number placards, especially on mailboxes that are a distance from the front of the residence.
- Prune any bushes, tree limbs or other growth that has covered your house numbers.
- Numbers should be placed on or beside the front door. If your door is not easily seen from the street, put the numbers on a post, fence or tree at the driveway entrance so they can be clearly seen from the street. In addition to numbers on the front door of your house, if you have a rural-style mailbox, reflective and contrasting numbers should be placed on both sides of the box so they can be seen by an emergency vehicle approaching from either direction.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
April 8 – 14 is Severe Storm Awareness Week; Residents Urged to Prepare for Severe Weather and Other Emergencies
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections- it's the law.
- Don't block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
- Take extra care around schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. Pedestrians are hit every 7 minutes each day.
- Always look out for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light or making a "right turn on red."
- Obey speed limits, signs, signals and markings--and never run red lights.
- Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopping for pedestrians.
- Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.
- Share the road. It's your responsibility to look out for others.
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections whenever possible.
- Stop and look every time before crossing streets, even when you have the right-of-way, and especially at intersections with "right turn on red."
- Before crossing, look left, right, then left again, and over your shoulder for turning vehicles.
- Begin crossing the street on "Walk" signals-never on a solid or flashing "Don't Walk."
- Use pedestrian pushbuttons to activate/extend the walk signal.
- Use sidewalks. If none, walk facing traffic so you see vehicles, and drivers see you.
- Make eye contact with drivers so they see you. Never assume they do.
- Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with reflectors or retroreflective clothing.
Friday, April 6, 2012
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
By: Rocky Lopes
There is this thing called "folklore," which by definition can include legends, oral history, and popular beliefs. Folklore creeps into some of our thinking about severe weather, and may be something you have heard or have passed on to children. Let me share some "Tornado Folklore" that many of us have heard:
Folklore: Tornadoes only happen in "tornado alley" -- roughly defined as states in the Midwest from Texas to Minnesota.
Truths: While many strong tornadoes happen in the Midwest, they can -- and have -- happened in every state.
In many years, more people have died as a result of tornadoes that happen east of the Mississippi River than west of the river. Why? People who live west of the Mississippi River are more accustomed to having tornadoes, and have learned what to do, when to get to shelter, and how to be safe since they were a child.
Folklore: Tornadoes never hit cities.
Truths: Since the majority of land area in the U.S. is unpopulated, it appears as if tornadoes only strike rural areas. The relative amount of area of a city with tall buildings is small compared with the city as a whole.
Unfortunately, we learned in April and May, 2011, that this belief isn't true. Just ask residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or Joplin, Missouri.
Folklore: You need to open windows in your house to equalize air pressure before a tornado may strike, to prevent the house from exploding.
Truths: Even with windows closed, houses have enough openings to vent the pressure difference in the time it takes a tornado to pass. Some of the strongest thunderstorms have longer duration of low air pressure -- houses do not explode during those storms, so they won't during a tornado. Opening windows is a dangerous and useless waste of time, and could actually be harmful to the house.
Folklore: Get into the southwest corner of your basement in case of a tornado.
Truths: Being underground is definitely safer than being above ground, but no particular corner of a basement is safer than any other. Tornadoes can come from any direction. While it may appear that tornadoes in the Midwest always move from southwest toward to northeast, that is not always true. In fact, recent tornadoes in 2011 came from all directions
Folklore: Tornadoes do not cross bodies of water
Truth: Tornadoes cross rivers regularly. The stream of tornadoes that occurred on April 27, 2011, crossed many rivers in 17 states.
Folklore: Once the tornado has passed, you can go out to inspect for damage.
Truths: Some strong storms can produce more than one tornado, sometimes several tornadoes at a time. On April 27, 2011, 362 tornadoes happened from two long lines of storms, creating the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history.
Folklore: Our area doesn't have sirens, so we will not get notified in case of a tornado.
Truths: We are fortunate in Montgomery County to have many ways to get warnings in case of tornadoes or other emergencies.
Sign up for Alert Montgomery. This system will send alert messages to any device you specify: cell and smart phones, email accounts, PDAs, and pagers. It's free, and you can adjust settings on it to receive alerts for life safety, fire, severe weather, accidents involving utilities or roadways, and crime.
NOAA Weather Radio will sound an alert for severe weather and other emergencies that are issued for Montgomery County. Once you set it, it will provide a tone alert with a radio announcement describing what is happening and what to do. You can buy one of these radios from electronics stores.
Providers of cable television service in Montgomery County, e.g., Comcast and FiOS, will broadcast notices from the Emergency Alert System (EAS) when issued by the county. EAS notices are broadcast on all channels simultaneously.
Be sure to "Like" the Facebook page for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) Department, and Montgomery County Department of Homeland Security.
And follow MCFRS on Twitter.
Rocky Lopes is an emergency management professional and has published numerous articles and information on disaster safety for some 25 years. He works at the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and has lived in Montgomery County his entire life.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
- A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area
- A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately.
- Determine the best place in your home to take shelter during a tornado. Basements or spaces underground are the best spots.
- If you don’t have a basement, find an interior room on the lowest floor of your home.
- In a high-rise building, choose an interior space on the lowest floor possible.
- Ensure your family knows what to do in the event of a tornado watch or warning.
Tip: CERT training prepares you to help your family and your community before, during, and after an emergency. Learn more about CERT and other training opportunities here.
- Seek shelter immediately
- Stay away from windows and doors
- If you are in a vehicle or mobile home, evacuate to a building that provides better protection
- If a building is not available, lie flat in a low-lying area (such as a ditch). Do not go under a bridge or underpass.
From Montgomery County Emergency Management Page.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Career and Volunteer Firefighters from your local fire and rescue stations have been engaging in a challenging new physical training program that they have named “Firefighter Fit.”
Firefighter - Fit is based on the Cross-Fit training program, but with job-specific tasks incorporated into the training. These tasks include, but are not limited to, hose extending and pulling drills, ceiling breach exercises, forcible entry drills, victim drags and carries, and ladder carries. Some Cross-Fit exercises integrated include tire flips and carries, weighted lunges, pushups, and core exercises. Firefighter Fit is performed at an accelerated pace in an anaerobic workout of continuous drills lasting 20-30 minutes without rest periods. The Firefighter Fit workout goal is to complete these drills in our [almost] full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - boots, structural firefighter pants and jackets with firefighting gloves - and while wearing and breathing air from our SCBA (air packs). Personnel of all fitness levels are completing these drills in various forms of workout attire, PPE, and with or without SCBA.
Firefighter Fit usually takes place at the fire station where we have all of our equipment at our disposal.
Firefighter Fit is performed while on duty during the assigned physical training activity period (normally in the morning) by your career firefighters. This training may take place at any time by your local volunteer firefighters. When you drive or walk by your local fire station and witness a group of your local firefighters running, jumping, and using various types equipment in a fury, they are participating in Firefighter Fit.
Your local firefighters are participating in Firefighter Fit for several reasons. Most importantly, your local firefighters are participating in Firefighter Fit for YOU. Physical training and staying fit are paramount in maintaining our ability to come to your aid when you are in harm’s way. Your local firefighters are also training for themselves. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a high fitness level decreases the frequency of on the job injuries and increases our quality of life (no one wants to be temporarily off duty or have to retire due to an injury). Also, bragging rights and friendly competition are common between Firefighter Fit stations, and firefighters always want to be the winners.
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