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City of Greensboro and Guilford County officials have updated the www.readyguilford.org/ebola webpage with information for residents about the Ebola virus. The City is working closely with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services (Division of Public Health) along with police, fire, Guilford Metro 9-1-1, local health care systems, schools, and colleges in actively monitoring the public health concerns related to the virus.
In the event of an Ebola case, a coordinated comprehensive management plan is in place thanks to Guilford County Public Health and local hospitals and other public health partners, including healthcare providers and emergency responders. Therefore, if an Ebola case did occur in Guilford County, state and local public health professionals would quickly identify everyone who was potentially exposed and take immediate measures to prevent further spread. Both state and local public health professionals have extensive training and experience with this type of investigation and response.
Residents are reminded of the Guilford Emergency Alert, Notification, and Information System (GEANI). GEANI is an automated system to notify you of urgent and emergency information through your cell phone, home phone, and/or e-mail. The system provides time sensitive, geographically based public safety messages through voice, text, and e-mail, and is available to all residents and businesses within Guilford County (including City of High Point residents in Forsyth, Davidson, and Randolph Counties). To register for the GEANI system or for more information, visit www.readyguilford.org/geani.
More information is also available through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services site at www.publichealth.nc.gov.
The Greensboro Fire Department wants to remind residents about the dangers associated with using portable/stationary space heaters. Earlier this week, a Greensboro resident experienced a residential structure fire as a direct result of combustibles being left too close to a space heater.
As we transition from fall to winter, a few simple heating safety tips and precautions can help residents prevent most heating fires:
If you do not have a working smoke alarm, the Greensboro Fire Department offers the alarm and installation free of charge by calling 336-574-4088.
Source: City of Greensboro Fire Department
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 16 as Earthquake Preparedness Day and is encouraging North Carolina families, business and schools to practice how to protect themselves in an earthquake by using three simple steps: drop, cover and hold.
“Although rare, earthquakes do happen in North Carolina, so it is always best to be prepared,” McCrory said. “This year, the state has already experienced four minor earthquakes. While those were mild, we remember the impacts from the Virginia earthquake three years ago. Knowing what to do will help keep you safe.”
An estimated 100 million people felt the earthquake in Mineral, Virginia on August 23, 2011 that damaged homes and buildings in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
If you feel shaking, emergency management and earthquake officials recommended that you:
Do not get in a doorway. It is not safe and does not protect you from falling or flying objects.
Do not run outside. Running in an earthquake is dangerous. The ground is moving making it easy to fall or be injured by falling structures, trees, debris or glass. If you are outside during an earthquake, move to a clear area that is away from trees, signs, buildings or downed electrical lines.
McCrory encouraged North Carolinians to join the other Southeastern states and Washington, D.C., in the third Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake exercise, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m.
Families, businesses and schools can register their participation at www.shakeout.org/southeast. Participants will be notified of events in their area and receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
More earthquake preparedness tips can be found online at www.ReadyNC.org. North Carolinians can also download the free ReadyNC mobile app – available for both iPhone and Droid devices – that provides real-time weather and traffic alerts plus readiness tips for a variety of emergencies.
“Ground shaking from earthquakes typically lasts only a minute or two, but aftershocks can continue for several days,” said North Carolina’s Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “It only takes a few minutes to rehearse what to do in such an emergency.”
Source: North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
Widespread showers and storms will accompany a cold front as it tracks into central North Carolina late tonight and Wednesday. An isolated storm could become severe, with a primary threat of damaging winds or an isolated tornado. The potential for severe weather will be greatest early Wednesday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of an inch or more can be expected due to the slow movement of this system. Minor flooding will be possible, especially in urban areas. An isolated severe storm will remain possible along the cold front through Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting severe weather tomorrow (Tuesday 10/14) evening into tomorrow night. The main threat is severe thunderstorms with strong winds and localized flooding. Also, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Please pay close attention to the weather tomorrow! For the most up-to-date information, refer to the National Weather Service and local media outlets. Below is an excerpt from tomorrow’s Hazardous Weather Outlook for Guilford County.
“…NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT AS IT TRACKS EAST INTO THE WESTERN PIEDMONT LATE TUESDAY EVENING AND TUESDAY NIGHT. A FEW STORMS COULD BECOME SEVERE…WITH A PRIMARY THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS OR AN ISOLATED TORNADO. IN ADDITION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER…WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AN INCH OR MORE CAN BE EXPECTED DUE TO THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THIS SYSTEM…”
Take time now and prepare for the severe weather threat. For preparedness and safety information, visit the ReadyGuilford website. Also, take time and review your severe weather safety plans with your family and co-workers.
Please prepare now and stay safe!
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. More recently, the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 30, 2014, an event that has understandably led to an increased level of concern in the general public.
Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is very low, the CDC, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services (GCDHHS), along with key community partners, are taking steps to keep this from happening.
For instance, GCDHHS (Division of Public Health) in conjunction with state and federal agencies, local health care systems, and Guilford County Emergency Services are actively monitoring for cases using a variety of methods, including surveillance of hospital emergency department visits and outpatient clinic visits. Guilford County Public Health has been working closely with local hospitals and other public health partners, including healthcare providers and emergency responders throughout the county to coordinate a comprehensive management plan in the event that an Ebola case were to occur in the area. Therefore, if an Ebola case occurred in Guilford County, state and local public health professionals would rapidly identify everyone who was potentially exposed and take immediate measures to prevent further spread. Both state and local public health professionals have extensive training and experience with this type of investigation and response. To date, no cases of Ebola have been identified in North Carolina.
So what do you need to know about the Ebola virus? Dr. Laura Bachmann, Public Health’s Medical Director and a Professor of Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, stresses the following reminders:
What can you do to protect yourself from Ebola? Dr. Bachmann endorses the current CDC guidance which includes the following steps:
Finally, Dr. Bachmann advises the following, “Keep in mind that we are getting into cold and flu season and that many people will have similar symptoms from much more common illnesses – not Ebola! Get your flu shot and other recommended vaccinations. Do not go to work or school if you are sick. Check in with your health care provider should you become ill and make sure to tell your health care provider if you have traveled recently from a country where the Ebola outbreak is ongoing or if you have possibly had contact with a person infected with Ebola.”
For more information and updates, contact Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health at (336) 641-6500.
North Carolina Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry encourages North Carolinians to join more than one million people across six southeastern states and the District of Columbia who have committed to participate in the third Great Southeast ShakeOut.
The regional earthquake drill, set to be held on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m., has participants simultaneously practice what to do to protect themselves in an earthquake.
“Earthquakes are rare in North Carolina, but four already have occurred this year in the western part of the state. Knowing what to do and practicing three simple steps will better protect you in an earthquake,” said Secretary Perry.
Emergency management and earthquake experts recommend the following actions in an earthquake:
If there is no table or desk nearby, crouch in an inside corner of a building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Stay away from bookshelves, lamps, TVs, cabinets and other objects as much as possible. Such items may fall and cause injuries.
Perry said residents, schools, communities and businesses can register to participate at www.shakeout.org/southeast. The website also offers resources to help you plan an earthquake drill including instruction manuals, videos, audio drill broadcasts, earthquake scenarios and more.
Great ShakeOut Earthquake drills are being held in more than 45 states and territories. More than 22 million people worldwide are expected to participate in the activity. ShakeOut participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. The program’s goal is to engage individuals to take steps to become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
Download the free ReadyNC mobile app that provides for safety tips and real-time weather and traffic information.
Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Homeland security begins with hometown security! An alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe. Strengthening hometown security involves educating the public on the necessity to be aware of suspicious activity and to report that activity to local law enforcement. If You See Something, Say Something™! If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. The public should report suspicious behavior and situations such as a unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area. Keep in mind, factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious.
For more information on the If You See Something, Say Something™ program, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.
Source: US Department of Homeland Security
Greensboro Fire Department is hosting a “Passport to Safety” event on Saturday, October 4th, 11am-2pm. This is a FREE event, open to the community. It was a huge success last year and this year even more has been added!! Police, Fire, EMS, Red Cross, Safe Guilford, and many more are coming to participate! Inflatable’s, activities, prizes & more!