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TIP OF THE WEEK:

5 Spring Safety Tips

1. Stay informed – get a weather radio.

The National Weather Service continuously broadcasts warnings and forecasts that can be received by NOAAweather radios.

Know what to Listen For!

  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to know when warnings are issued.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning:  Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.
     

2. When thunder roars, go indoors.

Take thunderstorms seriously. Lightning strikes may be rare, but they still happen and the risk of serious injury or death is severe.

  • If there are storms in your area, find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
     

3. Turn around, don’t drown®

Don’t underestimate the power and force of water. Remember, it’s never safe to drive or walk into any kind of flood waters.

  • Just six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet. If flowing water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.
  • If you’re caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Danger can lurk in the water: downed power lines or other debris may not be easily visible. If you see a downed power line, move at least ten feet away from it – or anything touching it. If you’re driving and your car comes in contact with a downed power line, stay in your car.
     

4. Beware of flying objects.

Falling and flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
     

5. Prepare for everywhere.

Make a kit for home, and one for the road.

  • For home, keep a three day supply of food and water:
    • One gallon of water per person per day (a family of four should keep 12 gallons of water).
    • Foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk.
    • Don’t forget a manual can opener and basic utensils to prepare and serve meals!
  • For your car:
    • Personal items like medications and emergency phone numbers.
    • Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work.
    • Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date items.

 

Source: https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2017/03/5-spring-safety-tips/ 

 

NEWS OF THE DAY

May 08, 2018
Daycare Damaged After Building Collapses On South Side
CHICAGO -- A daycare was damaged after a building collapsed on the city's South Side Tuesday afternoon. Ms. Debbie's Daycare was damaged after a vacant building at79th and Green streets collapsed. The daycare is now closed. As the daycare's children were brought outside for a snack and to play, the building next door collapsed. City inspectors, police and fire responded and demolition has already started but it is unknown how long the daycare will be closed. One neighbor, Barbara Robinzine, said she has asked the city to tear it down for three years, because of squatters.

Source: http://wgntv.com/2018/05/08/daycare-damaged-after-building-collapses-on-south-side/

May 08, 2018
Official: Police Dogs May Have To Be Euthanized If Pot Is Legalized In Illinois
The director of an Illinois K9 academy is warning that if marijuana legalized, some drug sniffing dogs could be euthanized. Chad Larner said retraining the dogs would be "extreme abuse" and replacing the dogs would cost millions. Illinois has 275 narcotic K9s, each costing thousands of dollars to train and care for. The pot advocacy group "NORML" says the claim is "ridiculous.”

Source: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/official-police-dogs-may-have-to-be-euthanized-if-pot-is-legalized-in-illinois


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May 13: Mother's Day
May 15: Ramadan Begins (sundown)
May 19: Armed Forces Day
May 19: Home Fire Sprinkler Day
May 25: National Missing Children's Day
May 28: Memorial Day


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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Bicycle Safety Month
National Building Safety Month
Clean Air Month
Jewish AMerican Heritage Month
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Lyme Disease Awareness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Brain Tumor Awareness Month
National Foster Care Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Stroke Awareness Month

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