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Iowa Heat Awareness Day June 7, 2018

The National Weather Service and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management have designated June 7, 2018 as Iowa Heat Awareness Day.

Most Summers in the United States produce heat waves that bring health risks if precautions are not taken. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged due to decreased evaporation of sweat. When your body can no longer adequately cool itself or when too much water or salt is lost through sweating, your body temperature rises and heat-related illness can occur.

In 2017, there were 42 vehicular heatstroke children deaths in the United States. So far this year, there have been 7 vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Look before you lock! The temperature in a vehicle can quickly become deadly. If the out-side temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, in 10 minutes the temperature inside the vehicle will be near 100 degrees, in 30 minutes near 115 degrees and in 1 hour, near 125 degrees.

During periods of hot and humid weather:

Drink water often
Take breaks and cool down
Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight
Eat light and easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads
Make sure pets and livestock have access to water
Check on neighbors

For additional safety and forecast information visit:

The National Weather Service is working with its partners to build a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit the Des Moines NWS office website, follow us on Twitter (@NWSDesMoines) and on Facebook

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens. Follow us on Twitter (@IowaHSEMD) and on Facebook.

 

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Saving the Whole Family Disaster Preparedness

NATURE AND LIFE HAVE FURY DAYS

Tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards, terrorism… Devastating natural and man-made disasters can ravage

our lives. No one is exempt from the possibility of being personally affected. You need to prepare for yourself and

for your animals in case of disaster. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has

developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an

evacuation. For the most current information click on the link below

Saving the whole family

additional websites avma.org

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20 Weeks to Preparedness

Develop An Emergency Kit-SAFEGUARD Iowa Partnership

This emergency supplies calendar is intended to help you prepare for emergencies before they happen. Using the calendar, you can assemble an emergency supplies kit in small steps over a five-month period. Check off items you gather each week. Remember to change and replace perishable supplies by the expiration date. Suggested food purchases would provide meals for approximately three to five days.

Click on the link below to print off a copy of the list.

20 WEEKS ONLINE PRINT VERSION

For more information visit Safeguard Iowa on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.safeguardiowa.org.

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Alert Iowa Weather Update-Includes NWS Link to Show Towns Impacted

Inspiron Logistics has updated their weather alerts. When a weather alert is received on someone’s phone in addition to the usual text an URL link will now be embedded in the message. If the URL is clicked on, a web browser message will appear that will show the entire script from the National Weather Service. This will include the towns impacted and potential impacts of the storm. This will provide a lot more detail to residents. Rather than just receiving an alert that says their county is impacted and not knowing what the impacts might be or if their town is going to be hit. 

Now is the time for residents to sign up for emergency alerts if they have not done so previously. Please visit the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.jasperema-hls.org and click on the Alert Iowa button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. You can also type in the link below to register.

 

Sign up for emergency alerts for Jasper County.
Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TTY, and social media.
http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/jasper_ia/wens.cfm

 

 

 

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i-SERV in Jasper County

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 11/22/2016

From: Jasper County Emergency Preparedness Coalition

To: Local Media and Community Providers

 

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Jasper County is in need of volunteers to sign up with the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV). The Iowa Department of Public Health’s secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency.  As of October 1, 2016 there are 2,233 volunteers registered in iSERV. i-SERV is part of a federal effort to coordinate and assemble volunteers for all types of emergencies.

The i-SERV on-line registration includes questions about basic personal information and professional skills. Volunteers have the ability to decide travel distance and length of deployment. Based on the information provided, public health officials will identify and contact those individuals suited to fill the specific volunteer roles needed in an emergency.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. An emphasis is currently being placed on the recruitment of licensed medical and healthcare volunteers that will satisfy clinical needs and provide surge capacity for public health emergencies. However, volunteers who do not have any medical training are welcomed and are encouraged to register. There will be a need for volunteers with all types of skills and expertise, such as those who are skilled in: interpretation (languages and hearing impaired); administration; transportation training; provision of day care; security; computers; clerical work; data entry; and construction. All volunteers are valued, even if you have no specific qualifications other than the willingness to help.

If you would like to sign up, please visit the following website https://iaserv.org/

 

If you have additional questions, please contact Becky Pryor at Jasper County Health Department at (641)787-9224.

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Jasper County EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

testlighteningThe Alert Iowa system provides city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire city. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS/Alert Iowa Alerts to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued. Sign up here
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