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Summer Weather Safety
Summer is in full swing and so expect heat waves, lightning storms and
other crazy weather! The American Red Cross offers excessive
heat safety tips as does Ready.gov.
Also, be aware that keeping cool often means dips in rivers, streams, pools and
local swimming holes. Practice water safety: Swim with a buddy, wear a life
vest or flotation device and consider learning CPR so that you can help in a
water emergency. In the meantime, here’s some basic advice from NOAA:
Hydrate – Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink
plenty of water.
Educate yourself – Know the warning signs of heat
illness and how to stay cool.
Act quickly when heat illness is suspected – Seek
medical attention for warning signs such as cramping, rapid pulse, heavy
sweating, dizziness, confusion, nausea.
Take it easy – Avoid
overexertion, especially outdoors between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Wildfire Season in Oregon
We have already seen significant wildfire activity in
Oregon. As of July 7, 367 fires have burned 4,500 acres in the state. Whether
you are working or recreating in the forest, adhere to ODF restrictions and
closures in your area. Practice fire
prevention at home, work and play. Be familiar with Oregon evacuation
2 Weeks Ready
A large earthquake and tsunami will demolish parts of western Oregon and leave much of the area's transportation routes destroyed. Oregonians will need to count on each other in the community, in the workplace, and at home in order to be safe until help can arrive. This is just one reason why OEM encourages people to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks following a disaster. We've created a wide variety of two weeks ready resources, and recently launched a series of fun and friendly animated videos.