Emergency Preparedness Month – Sep 23

Be Prepared for a Thunderstorm handout.

Interesting Facts about Lightning!!

  • Lightning can strike up to 25 miles away from the center of the storm.
  • Lightning can carry over 100 million volts of electricity.
  • The diameter of a lightning strike is actually pretty small, just the size of a quarter! It just looks much larger because of how bright it is.
  • The strike length is usually 2 to 3 miles.
  • The strike happens in under 2 microseconds (that’s 0.000002 seconds).
  • Lightning strikes are over 50,000 degrees! That’s more than 5 times the temperature of the sun.
  • Thunder is the rapid expansion of air around a lightning strike. When air is heated it expands, so the cracking and rumbling you hear is the 50,000-degree lightning almost instantaneously expanding the air around it.
  • Thunder is heard after the lightning strike because light travels much faster than the speed of sound. The warmer the air, the faster the sound of thunder travels, and the colder the air, the slower the sound of thunder travels.
  • You can deduce the distance of the storm by counting the time difference between the lightning and the thunder (5 seconds = 1 mile away).
  • There are 50 to 100 cloud to ground lightning strikes every second world wide, that’s over 3 million strikes per day!
  • “Heat” lightning is just a lightning strike that is too far away to hear the thunder, because thunder can only be heard 12 miles away. It is only called heat lightning because it happens most often in the summer.
  • The electricity in lightning travels from the ground up, not from the cloud to the ground.

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

Emergency Preparedness Month – Sep 20

Handouts: Be Prepared for an Active Shooter; Free DHSCISA Active Shooter Webinar

Good Monday morning everyone,

So far this month we have been reviewing natural disasters.  There are other hazard situations that we also need to prepare for, for example, an active shooter.  Below are some FBI statistics on active shooter events over the past 20 years and a link to a video on how to survive an active shooter event.  I have also attached an email for an Active Shooter webinar that is open to the public and free. The class fills up quickly so register soon if you are interested. 

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 13

As we continue our information on Emergency Preparedness, today we look at how to prepare for a hurricane.

Hurricane Ida just struck Louisiana a few days ago.  Residents there are still feeling the effects. 

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Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 10

3.  Take Action

There are many simple actions that you can take now to prepare yourself and your property for a disaster.  For example, you should regularly practice your disaster plan with your family and reveiw and understand your insurance coverage.  Here are some other preparedness actions you and your family can take.

 *   Keep Informed, Alerts and Warnings:  There are many alert and warning systems to keep you and your family up-to-date while at work, home, school, or away.  Learn which ones are available in areas you spend a lot of time and subscribe to them.  Once you have signed up, officials in your area can send you text messages about local emergencies. Some may have mobile apps to ensure that you can receive the information when disasters happen.  Workplaces, schools, and community-based or faith-based groups may have their own similar opt-in notification systems. The FEMA app offers notifications with information on local threats.  Double check that your mobile devices can get Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs).  Make a list of all the alert systems available to you, and make sure everyone in your household gets the alerts as part of your household communication plan.

 *   Know Your Insurance Options and Document Your Property:  Understanding your insurance needs is an important step to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster.  Getting the right type and amount of insurance can mean the difference between a quick recovery from disaster and years of financial challenges.  Attached is a brochure to help you assess your current insurance needs. The insurance industry identifies a cause of loss, such as fire or theft, as a “peril.”  Insurance only applies when your policy covers the peril that caused the loss.  Be sure to check your policy to see which perils it covers, and in what situations.

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Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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