SPRING/SUMMER WEATHER TERMS
very important to understand the difference between a severe weather WATCH and
WARNING. WATCHES and WARNINGS
are issued for Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, or Flash Floods. The term WATCH implies that people
should be alert for the possibility of severe weather, or flash flooding, and
have a plan of action in case a storm threatens. When a WARNING is issued by the
National Weather Service, this means that a tornado, severe thunderstorm, or
flash flood has been detected by radar or observed by trained storm spotters
(SKYWARN). These warnings are for
short-fuse events that only last an hour or so. People in the path of the storm are expected
to take action to protect life and property when the term WARNING is
heard. The following is a list of
watches, warnings, and advisories that the NWS issues and the criteria used for
Shelter In Place
There may be a time when an emergency takes place in our community
due to a hazardous materials release. The outside air quality may be affected to the point that it isn't safe to be outside
or to evacuate. In a case like this it is usually safer to shelter-in-place until wind disperses and moves the material away.
County has developed Shelter In Place Brochure for you to review and/or print at your convenience.
information can be found at: National Institute for Chemical Studies
Preparedness and Precautions
An extensive document providing information about winter weather
to include: Taking Steps, Before a Storm, Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather, Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather, Winter
Weather Checklists, During a Storm, Indoor Safety, Outdoor Safety, Stay Safe and Healthy, Hypothermia, and Frostbite.
Winter Storm ResponsePower OutageWhy talk about winter weather?
Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold.
Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities
and you have a significant threat.
Threats, such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to loss of fingers and toes
or cause permanent kidney, pancreas and liver injury and even death. You must prepare properly to avoid these extreme dangers.
You also need to know what to do if you see symptoms of these threats.
A major winter storm can last for several days
and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
People can become trapped
at home or in a car, without utilities or other assistance.
Attempting to walk for help in a winter storm can be a
The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even
Extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow and even flooding can cause hazardous conditions.
Eve, 2004, a major blizzard left over 400,000 people in Ohio without power. Half of those remained without power for over
a week because of heavy, wet snow accumulations of nearly 2 feet. Then, only two weeks later, an ice storm caused nearly 80%
power outage in nine counties. These weather conditions are not unique to Ohio. In 2005, Dickinson received a very heavy snowfall
in early October causing trees filled with green leaves to succumb to the weight of the very wet snow. Power outages lasted
for several days for many area residents. The loss of so many trees was devastating. Although there were no lives lost, such
a storm occurring when the temperatures drop to dangerous levels becomes deadly if not properly prepared.
now with a Winter Storm Survival Kit
for your home and your car, you can avoid many risks associated with winter.
Do you know what the "weather meteorologist"
is talking about?
- Warnings and Advisories
- Warning and Advisory Type
to learn more!
Creek Gage Readings and Flood Outlooks
Ice jams can and do change the gage readings.
In case of an emergency sandbag effort, sand and sandbags will
be located behind the courthouse. Please bring shovels and appropriate gear (gloves, boots, etc). Sandbag Policy: Take only
what you currently need and come back if you need extras. We encourage you to preplan by reaching out to friends
and relatives in order to have them on standby to help you sandbag your homes or businesses.
Quick Guides and Fact Sheets
Asbestos: Asbestos Hazards Due to Flooding
Basements: Flooding: Excess Rain and Basements
Basements, Cleaning and Repairing: Cleaning and Repairing Flooded Basements
Basements, Drainage: Basements may Flood if Drainage is Poor
Carbon Monoxide: Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Children: Helping Children Through the Flood
Cleanup: Creating A Healthy Home, A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes
Damage, Avoiding Groundwater to Homes: Avoiding Groundwater Damage to Homes
Damage, Furniture and Appliances: Flood-Damaged Furniture and Appliances
Damage, Steps to Reduce Flood & Water: Steps to Reduce Flood and Water Damage
Damage, Wall, Ceiling, and Floors: Flood-Damaged Walls, Ceiling and Floors
Disposal - Food, Household Waste: Disposal of Food and Other Household Waste
Disposal - Hazardous Household Waste, Electronics: Disposal of Hazardous Household Waste and Electronics
Drains: Reduce Flooding from Drains
Dry Out: Dry Out Before Rebuilding
Drying Out: Floods: Drying Out
Emotional: A Flood of Emotions
Emotional: Strengthening your emotional well being ahead of the flood
Evacuate, Farm: Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm
Evacuation Guidelines: Evacuation Guidelines
Evacuation Tips: Evacuation Tips
Farm Implements: Reconditioning Flood Farm Implements
Farm Vehicles and Equipment: Flood Farm Vehicles and Equipment
First Entry: Floods: First Entry of a Flooded Home-Precautions
Food, Frozen: Is Home-Frozen Food Safe to Use?
Food, Salvaging: Salvaging Food After a Flood
Hazardous Materials: Flooding and Hazardous Materials Do Not Mix
Health Precautions: Emergency Health Precautions for Flooded Areas
Heating Oil, Home: Home Heating Oil
Heating Systems: Restoring Heating Systems After a Flood
Livestock: Protecting Livestock During a Flood
Mold: Mold in Homes
Papers: Caring for Important Papers
Pesticides: Flooded Pesticides
Pets: Pets and Emergencies
Plan, Family Emergency: Family Emergency Plan
Repairs, Temporary Structural: How to Make Temporary Structural Repairs
Salvaging: Salvaging After Flooding
Sandbag Cleanup: Sandbag Cleanup After a Flood
Sandbagging: Sandbagging for Flood Protection
Septic Systems: Septic Systems Flooding
Stress: Manage flood-related distress by building resilience
Supply Kit, Basic Emergency: Basic Emergency Supply Kit
Sump Pump: Sump Pump Questions
Tetanus: Do I Need a Tetanus Shot?
Walls, Drying and Repairing: Drying and Repairing Walls
Water: Is My Water Safe To Drink?
Wells: Proper Well Disinfection
National Preparedness Month
Emmons County Emergency Management is proud
to be participating in the National Preparedness Month (NPM) campaign hosted annually in September. Sponsored
by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, NPM is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses, and communities
to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.
NPM focuses on encouraging
all Americans to take active steps toward getting involved and becoming prepared. Preparedness is everyone’s
responsibility. We have to work together, as a team, to ensure that individuals, families, and communities are ready.
Individuals are encouraged to: make a family emergency plan; put together an emergency supply kit; be prepared to help
your neighbor; and work as a team to keep everyone safe.
Click here to view information for families, kids, and businesses.