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More Than Crossing Your Fingers

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

In this morning’s very informative webinar hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and featuring Marty Magee of NN/LM’s Greater Midwest Region, Marty reminded us that we can’t help at our libraries in an emergency if we’re not prepared at home.  She recommended visiting the American Red Cross site (among others) at http://www.redcross.org/ to find step-by-step recommendations for putting together a disaster kit, making a plan, and staying informed.   On their “More Than Crossing Your Fingers” page at http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.d8aaecf214c576bf971e4cfe43181aa0/?vgnextoid=d1fc43fb7aca2210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default, you can view a video of Jamie Lee Curtis showing you how to personalize your disaster supplies, and you can even play a game (see “Prepare 4” and click the “Play” button) that has you shopping for supplies in a virtual store.  In order to play, you put in your first name and email address, and when you complete the game, the Red Cross will send you a supply list via email.

FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

On Tuesday, January 11, at 2 PM EST, FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division will present the first 2011 webinar in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series:  Collaborative Planning–Engagement of the Whole Community.  The live webinar is available to the first 500 log ins at www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts/planning.shtm, and will also be available via recording on the website.  Previously recorded webinars are available on the Citizen Corps site at http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts.shtm

Anyone who needs special accommodations or requires assistance to view or listen to the webinar is asked to email citizencorps@dhs.gov no later than 5 PM EST on Friday, January 7th.

Enter Winter

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

If you’re trapped in your car during a blizzard, what can you do to alert first responders that you need help?  The Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) reminds us that there are many things we can do to be prepared for severe winter weather, from flooding to blizzards.  See their “Winter Storms and Extreme Cold” page at  http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm to become familiar with terminology and some specific ways to stay safe in the cold.  The answer to the above question:  at night, turn on the inside light of your car so rescuers can see you.

Enlightening Info from the NWS

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Our National Weather Service web site  is an incredibly rich place for exploring and locating a variety of climate/weather/safety information.  Today I found this page, S.E. US, Gulf of Mexico Weather, while looking for information about Hurricane Paula, which has been threatening the SE US for the past few days.  Check out all the radio buttons offered over the top edge of the map to see other views of the area, such as water temperatures, the radar loop, etc.  And click on any of the yellow icons on the map to open a window showing the weather and wave conditions at the observation site.  You can zoom in by clicking on any locality and you can select the “Cities” button, then click on the city you’re interested in to see local conditions.  This looks like a great tool for increasing awareness of possible weather-related emergency preparedness needs.

I found this site by selecting “Marine” under “Forecasts” on the main NWS page, then selecting “Portals.”  There are also marine maps there for the Great Lakes as well as the other US coastal areas.  Thanks, NWS!