Preparing a Winter Emergency Kit For Your Car

Winter DrivingWith the change in temperature the last few days, made me realize winter isn’t far off , so I thought it would be prudent and timely to share with you a quick post on preparing an emergency kit for your car.

In the age of good highways, sophisticated cars, and ever-present cell phones, we worry less than ever about the hazards of winter driving. We shouldn’t be so flippant about the risks of winter travel. Continue reading

Preparing for Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat InfographBy: US Federal Emergency Manager

Extreme heat is defined as a period of excessively hot weather, with higher than average temperatures for a particular region, combined with high humidity. Extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally. During the past 10 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that heat waves have resulted in the highest annual average of deaths among all weather-related disasters.

The greatest risk factors for heat-related deaths are bed confinement due to medical illness, living alone, being socially isolated, and not having access to air conditioning. Continue reading