Are You Prepared for Extreme Weather in Your Area?

Are You Prepared for Extreme Weather in Your Area?

Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Know the risks about the different disasters and hazards that could affect you and your family where you live, work, and go to school. Preparedness is a shared responsibility. While government plays a role, there are  important things individuals, organizations, and businesses can do to be ready for the unexpected.

Here are some steps you can take to become better prepared:

  • Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings about weather conditions. Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. The app also provides safety tips about what to do before, during, and after disasters.
  • Create and test a family communications plan. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Document and insure your property. When a disaster strikes, having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged.
  • Buy insurance that covers the specific risks associated with your region. Look for homeowners or renters insurance that covers damage caused by floods, high winds from tornados and hurricanes, earthquakes, or other concerns.
  • Strengthen your financial preparedness. Collect and secure personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records so you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay. Know your disaster costs.
  • Get trained to help others. Minutes matter in a disaster, and if emergency responders aren’t nearby, you can be the help until more help arrives.
  • Learn how to find volunteer opportunities and donate to survivors. After a disaster strikes, many people want to donate their time, money, or goods. Learn tips on how to avoid scams when you’re searching for a charitable organization to work with, and the best steps to take to support first responders.

National Preparedness Month is coming up in September. The month serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Visit Ready.gov for tools, tips, and resources to help you prepare, including a video on six things to know before a disaster.


Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

It’s great to get outdoors during the summer, but it’s important to stay safe in the sun. Don´t let the heat ruin your family fun. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related health issues:

  • Never cover your baby’s stroller with a blanket. It may block the sun, but even a thin blanket can stop air circulation and cause the interior of the stroller to overheat.
  • Never leave a child in a parked car. Vehicles can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open.
  • Keep your children hydrated when they’re playing outside, don’t wait until they’re thirsty.

Notify NYC – Excessive Heat Warning & Cooling Centers

The National Weather Service has issued the following:
What: Excessive Heat Warning; Excessive Heat Watch
Where: NYC
When: 6AM on 7/1 to 6AM on 7/2; 6AM to 9PM on 7/2

Hazards: These conditions are dangerous to health. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers remain open. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for NYC which is in effect until 11PM today, and from 11AM until 11PM on 7/1.

Preparedness Actions:
– Avoid strenuous activity
– Active children, adults, and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors

For cooling center information contact 3-1-1 or visit https://on.nyc.gov/2KwTWhW.

More info: www.dec.ny.gov or www.weather.gov/okx/.


Tips to Keep Your Food Safe (USA.gov)

Bacteria and germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen. Whether you’re grocery shopping, cooking dinner, or hosting a party, there are simple things you can do to stay safe.

 

Learn how to keep your food safe this season:

For more information, please visit here.



It’s Not Too Late to Quit Smoking

Just because you’ve been smoking for a long time, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to quit. Quitting smoking can benefit your health at any age. Free help, advice, and tools including an app are available to help you break the habit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information click here.




Medicare Open Enrollment Extension for Hurricane Victims

For Medicare beneficiaries seeking to change their options for 2018, the clock is ticking. Now is the time to make changes to Part C and/or Part D that better fits your health needs. But the opportunity to make any revisions will end on December 7, 2017, with one exception. If you are a survivor of the recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), there is a special enrollment period just for you through the end of the year. If you have other questions about Medicare, visit USA.gov.