Weather Safety

Emergency Management

 

The City of Belpre encourages its residents to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. The City of Belpre encourages its residents to be prepared and make plans for emergencies. We’ve included information on this web page as well as links to other resources to help you and your family better prepare in case an emergency or disaster. Only by working together will we continue to make the City of Belpre a safer place to live, work, and visit!

HEAT

Excessive Heat Warning

Extreme heat index making it feel very hot, typically above 105 °F (41 °C) for 3 hours or more during the day for two consecutive days or above 115 °F (46 °C) at any time.

Heat Advisory

A heat advisory means that a period of unusually high temperatures is expected. The combination of excessive heat and humidity will create a situation in which heat related illnesses and fatalities are possible. Extreme heat index making it feel hot, typically between 105 °F to 115 °F for up to 3 hours during the day and at or above 80 °F at night for two consecutive nights.

WHAT HEALTH OFFICIALS SUGGEST FOR HOT, HUMID DAYS

  • Drink plenty of water – don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible (movie theaters, malls, etc.) if you do not have it at home.
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar; they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Check on neighbors if they are older, in poor health or live alone.
  • Pet owners should make sure animals have plenty of water and a place to get out of the sun.

 

Air Quality Forecast

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Air Quality Program seeks to address our region’s growing air quality issues and inform, educate and alert individuals, businesses and organizations of the actions they can take to reduce air pollution.  Up-to-date air quality forecasts are available from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service broadcasts, as well as included in local weather conditions via Suddenlink Cable channels 32 and 307, and other sources via the internet pertaining to local weather conditions and forecasts.

 

Lightning Awareness Week: June 19-25, 2011

Lightning Safety for You and Your Family

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, between 55 and 60 people are killed and hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided with a few simple precautions. When thunderstorms threaten, get to a safe place. Lightning safety is an inconvenience that can save your life.

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. In the United States, in an average year, lightning kills about the same number of people as tornadoes and more people than hurricanes.  Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall.  Many lightning deaths occur ahead of storms or after storms have seemingly passed.  If you can hear thunder, you are in danger. Don’t be fooled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat.

Many lightning victims say they were “caught” outside in the storm and couldn’t get to a safe place.  Other lightning victims waited too long before seeking shelter.  Some people were struck by lightning because they went back outside too soon.  Others were in contact with plumbing, a metal door or a window frame when lightning hit the structure they were inside.

With proper planning, these tragedies could be prevented.  When you hear thunder or see lightning, do the following.

  • Head to a safe place immediately.  By heading to a safe place 5 to 10 minutes sooner, you could avoid being struck by lightning.  Examples of a safe place include: home, school, church, hotel, office building, shopping center, hard topped car, minivan, bus, or truck.
  • Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder clap. 
  • Do not use electrical equipment or corded telephones when inside a building during thunder and lightning.  Also avoid contact with other electrical conductors inside a building (i.e. plumbing, metal doors, or window frame).

For more information about lightning/lightning safety, please visit: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

Tornado Safety

Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms. They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. A thunderstorm accompanied by hail indicates that the storm has large amounts of energy and may be severe. In general, the larger the hailstones, the more potential there is for damaging winds and/or tornadoes.

The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths have exceeded the width of one mile and 50 miles long. Tornadoes generally move from southwest to northeast, but have also been recorded traveling in any direction. The forward speed of a tornado varies from 30 mph to 70 mph.

Even though Ohio has tornadoes annually in various numbers and intensities, the peak tornado season for Ohio is generally April through July. Tornadoes usually occur between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., but have been known to occur at any hour.

Tornado Safety Tips

Whether practicing in a tornado drill or sheltering during a warning, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages Ohioans to DUCK!

D – Go DOWN to the lowest level
U – Get UNDER something
CCOVER your head
KKEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

  • Take responsibility for your safety and be prepared before a watch or warning is issued. Meet with household members to develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings. Conduct regular tornado drills. When a tornado watch is issued, review your plan – don’t wait for the watch to become a warning. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
  • Despite Doppler radar, tornadoes can sometimes occur without any warning, allowing very little time to act. It is important to know the basics of tornado safety. Know the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings.
  • Tune in to one of the following for weather information: NOAA Weather Radio, local/cable television (Ohio News Network or the Weather Channel), or local radio station.
  • If you are a person with special needs, register your name and address with your local emergency management agency, police and fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster.
  • NOAA Weather Radio has available an alerting tool for people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Some weather radio receivers can be connected to an existing home security system, much the same as a doorbell, smoke detector or other sensor. For additional information, visit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/special_need.htm.
  • The safest place to be during a tornado is a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows and as close to the center of the building as possible.
  • Be aware of emergency shelter plans in stores, offices and schools. If no specific shelter has been identified, move to the building’s lowest level. Try to avoid areas with large glass windows, large rooms and wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
  • If you’re outside or in mobile home, find shelter immediately by going to the lowest level of a nearby sturdy building. Sturdy buildings are the safest structures to be in when tornadoes threaten. Winds from tornadoes can blow large objects, including cars and mobile homes, hundreds of feet away.
  • If you cannot quickly get to a shelter, get into your vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the nearest sturdy shelter.
  • If you experience flying debris while driving, pull over and park. Choose to either stay in your vehicle, stay buckled up, duck down below the windows and cover your head with your hands, or find a depression or ditch, exit your vehicle and use your arms and hands to protect your head. Never seek shelter under highway overpasses and bridges.

 

Emergency Supply list and Family Emergency Plan

Through its Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.

Emergency Management Agencies

ema.ohio.gov
Ohio Emergency Management Agency

www.fema.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Public Health Agencies

www.odh.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Health

Pandemic Flu

www.columbuspandemicflu.org
Columbus Pandemic Flu Website

h1n1vaccine.odh.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Health – H1N1 Vaccine Application

www.flu.gov
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website about the Flu

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

www.ready.gov
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

www.fema.gov/hazard/types.shtm
Learn About the Types of Disasters

www.weathersafety.ohio.gov
Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness

American Red Cross

Preparedness Information When It’s Needed Most

Get the facts you need – before, during, and after a disaster or emergency situation. As the nation’s preeminent preparedness and safety training organization, the American Red Cross developed the following emergency-specific checklists using the latest research, science, best practices and expert opinion.

Be Red Cross Ready

Fire Safety

Flood

Power Outage

Seasonal Flu Checklist

Shelter in Place

Thunderstorm

Tornado

Winter Storms