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Tips for the family

Food Poisoning

     Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites — or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning.  Symptoms can be anywhere from mild to very serious depending on the germ you swallowed, and it may take hours or days to develop symptoms. The most common symptoms: Upset stomach, Stomach cramps, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fever. If suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. For more details as to when to see a doctor, visit cdc.gov/foodsafety/symptoms

 

Be Visable

     Be sure your house or apartment number is plainly visible and is reflective so it can be seen in the dark. If you call for help it will identify your location for emergency responders.  

 

​​9 Tips for How to Clean Up Your Home After a Hurricane

1.    Wait until daylight. 

2.    Take photos.

3.    Do a walk-around inspection.

4.    Assess damage to your home's exterior.

5.    Check for water damage.

6.    Inspect your appliances

7.    Check for gas leaks.

8.    Don't use wet appliances.

9.    Check if your HVAC system has been flooded

For more details about cleaning up safely checkout: cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts

 

Dangers of Mold

     Molds are very common in buildings and homes. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture and grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Inside your home you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;

  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;

  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;

  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

  • For more information about mold checkout: cdc.gov/mold/faqs 

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​Teach your child about calling 911

     Everyone needs to know about calling 911 in an emergency, but kids also need to know the specifics about what an emergency is. Teach kids that a 911 emergency is when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger. For example, they should call 911 if:

  • there's a fire

  • someone is unconscious 

  • someone has trouble breathing

  • someone is choking

  • they see a crime happening

  • there's a serious car accident

For more details check out: kidshealth.org/en/kids/watch.  

 

Treatment of Bleeding

     If someone is bleeding extremely heavily from either a major artery or vein, they can quickly lose a lot of blood.  Apply direct pressure to try and control bleeding. If you control the bleeding with this direct pressure, keep holding for 10 minutes as it takes this long for clots to form.

Once you control bleeding, dress the wound – if the wound bleeds through the first dressing, apply another on top. For more details on controlling bleeding: verywellhealth.com/how-to-control-bleeding

​Get Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone 6 and older who wants one. Find a vaccine near you today and schedule an appointment.

To Find local COVID-19 Vaccines sites visit: Vaccines.gov

 

Be Bear Aware

​            Black bears are increasing in numbers and being seen more frequently. They are rarely aggressive towards humans but can create a variety of problems.  Birdfeeders, garbage, pet food and compost attract bears and should be made unavailable to them. Above all, do not approach or try to take a close video or a selfie with a bear. 

For more Do’s and Don’ts check out CT.Gov/deep/blackbear.  

 

Prepare for Thunderstorms & Lightening

     Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can create or cause:

  • Powerful winds over 50 mph

  • Hail

  • Flash flooding and/or tornadoes

When thunder roars, go indoors! Move from outdoors into a building or car with a roof.

  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

  • Avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet.

  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not drive through flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. 

For additional storm tips, visit READY.GOV/Thunderstorms.  ​

 

Driving in Wintery/Snowy weather

     Driving in snowy conditions could be hazardous.  

When severe winter weather approaches, your safety is most important. 

If you find you must drive in winter conditions, please remember the following:

1. Do not rush. Driving slowly will help prevent accidents.

2. Never warm-up a vehicle in a closed area.

3. Clear windshield and windows completely before driving.

4. Be sure the tailpipe is clear before you sit in a running vehicle.

5. Do not follow snowplows too closely. Stay back at least 5 car lengths.

Prepare for winter driving:

1. Keep your vehicles in good working order by having them serviced regularly. 

2. Store jumper cables, snow brush, scraper, gloves, hat, blanket, flashlight and water in your vehicle in case you get stuck.

3. Carry a first-aid kit and refresh any supplies that may need to be replaced.

4. Keep gas tanks full to prevent ice in the tank or fuel lines.

5. Replace worn tires and check tire air pressure.

​​Be Mindful
  • If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home or business, please help the FD by digging them out. Ditto with mailboxes.

    • Never go near downed wires. You must assume ALL wires are live. Stay as far away as possible.

    • Have any emergency generators installed by a professional. Never use them indoors.

What’s a Go-Bag

     When an emergency evacuation is called for, are you prepared?

Remember that your kit or go-bag will depend on your own needs. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors. Use the list below to get started:  

  • Water—at least a gallon per person, per day

  • Non-perishable food (such as dried fruit, peanut butter, or energy bars)

  • First aid kit

  • Cash

  • Prescription medicines

  • Extra batteries or an alternative power source

  • Matches in a waterproof container (allow an adult to help)

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap

  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels

  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

  • Flashlights

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Can opener (manual)

  • Local maps

  • Pet and service animal supplies

  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers, etc.)

  • Extra pair of eyeglasses

 Visit https://www.ready.gov/kit to help you prepare a Go-Bag for when an emergency strikes.

​5 things you should never do in a fire
  1. Breaking windows. ... 

  2. Opening hot doors. ... 

  3. Returning for your belongings. ... 

  4. Hiding. ... 

  5. Do not use lifts. ... 

Use the appropriate fire extinguisher. ... 

Call the emergency services. ... 

 

​Commuter emergency plan

     Make sure you have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, list your normal and some alternative routes you can use to get to your destinations. Keep a copy of this plan where you can access it in the event of a disaster.  Download a free worksheet at Ready.gov.  Search for Plan for Locations / Workplace.  

When an emergency happens, do you know who to call?  

Key Telephone #'s

  • Current Emergency Information211

  • DESPP (Dept Emergency Services)860.685.8190

  • Poison Control800.222.1222

  • Power Company (Eversource) 800.286.2000

  • Other Utilities 

  • Frontier: 800.921.8101

  • Comcast: 800.934.6489

  • Charter: 888.438.2427

 

Run-Hide-Fight

     Active Shooter Protocol

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. To help in better understanding your options during an active shooter incident, the RUN, HIDE, FIGHT video just might save someone’s life. Click on link to view.

 

​Prepare your pets for a disaster

     If you have a plan in place for you and your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. If local officials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too.

  1. Make a Plan

  2. Build an Emergency Kit

  3. Stay Informed.

For details on how to best prepare your pet for potential emergencies, check out www.ready.gov/pets.

​CyberSecurity

     Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks that can have wide-ranging effects on individuals, organizations and the community.

Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer or network system. Cyberattacks can lead to loss of money, theft of personal, financial and medical information that can damage your reputation and safety.  You can avoid cyber risks by setting up the proper controls that can help in protecting yourself, your family, and your property before a cyberattack occurs. For a list of helpful tips go to www.ready.gov/cybersecurity

Protect important documents

     Organizing and protecting those documents before a disaster strikes is vital for personal safety and peace of mind. Examples of documents that may be gathered & scanned for safekeeping include vital records, insurance policies, property records, medical information, financial records, and any other important personal papers.

​Prepare for hurricane season

     Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1. Here are some helpful tips to help prepare:

  • Know your evacuation routes

  • Have your go-bag prepared

  • Download the FEMA app to receive real time alerts

  • Strengthen your home by de-clogging gutters and drains

         For more tips, go to: ready.gov\hurricane#before.  

​Extreme Heat

     Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. 

  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.  

  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.

  • Weather-strip doors and windows.

  • Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.

  • Add insulation to keep the heat out.

  • Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic by clearing hot air.

  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.  

For more tips visit:  https://www.ready.gov/heat.  

Drought

     Nearly every part of the U.S. experiences periods of reduced rainfall. Planning in advance for a drought can protect us in dry years.

The best way to prepare for a drought is to conserve water. Make conserving water a part of your daily life.

Tips Before a Drought

  • Fix dripping faucets by replacing washers.

  • Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

  • Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and prevent them from breaking.

  • Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

  • Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.

  • Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees.

For more water conservation tips visit https://www.ready.gov/drought.  

 

​Snake Safety

     Let’s preface by saying that the chances of getting bitten by a venomous snake are Super Low.

We have 14 species here in CT and only 2 are venomous. (Copperhead and timber rattlesnake)

If you suspect you have been bitten by a venomous snake, get directly to the hospital.

Do not wait to experience symptoms. Do Not apply a tourniquet. Do not take OTC medicines.   Do go directly to the hospital.  

​Helping Children Cope

     Emergencies and disasters can be scary, especially for children, but there are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster. 

Encourage dialogue and answer questions

Limit media exposure

Make time for them and find support

Keep to a routine

Visit Ready.gov/kids/be-ready-kids to play games to become a Disaster Master and learn how to build an emergency kit. You will meet Pedro the Penguin, who will teach kids all about staying safe. You will even be able to make your own emergency plan with your family. . 

​Precautions using a chainsaw

     When using a chain saw, always follow manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to wear appropriate protective gear and be sure that bystanders are a safe distance away. Choose the proper size of chain saw to match the job.

Avoid contact with power lines and take extra care in cutting trees or branches that are bent or caught under something else.

Use extreme caution to avoid electrical shock when using an electric chain saw.

For tips on safely operating a chain saw visit: cdc.gov/disasters/chainsaws

​​Preparing for sheltering

​            In the event that out of home sheltering is required due to extreme temperatures, hurricanes, or power outages, its good to be prepared as to what you should bring with you to the shelter.

          Even though mass care shelters often provide water, food, and basic sanitary facilities, you should plan to take your emergency supply kit with you so you will have the supplies you need especially needed medications, pillows and special toys\books for your children.  

For information about building a Disaster Supply Kit go to Ready.Gov\kit.  

 

​Ticks

     Tick bites are often harmless; however, ticks can cause allergic reactions, and certain ticks can pass diseases onto humans and pets. 

The most important thing to do when you find a tick on you is to remove it with a tick removal tool or with a set of tweezers. Preventing tick bites is the best way to avoid a tick-borne illness:wear a long sleeve shirt and pants when walking in the woods, use tick repellent that’s at least 20% DEET, and check skin closely after being in tick-prone areas. For more details on symptoms, prevention, and treatment, go to healthline.com/health/tick-bites.  

 

​Power Outages

     Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly.

A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

           Power Outage Tips

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.

 

Call 211

       2-1-1 provides information and referral to callers on where to obtain assistance from local and national social service programs, local and national governmental agencies and local and national non-profit organizations as well as where to volunteer or make a donation locally. Get help paying bills, finding food, and locating other resources near you. They also provide up-to-date information on agencies and programs, make referrals to appropriate community resources and intervene in crises, including suicide prevention.

How to dispose of unwanted medications

      Flushing medications down the toilet or sink causes water pollution, impacts drinking water and has adverse effects on septic systems, fish and aquatic life.  

Safe ways to dispose of medications:

1) the New Milford Police has a locked drug drop box

2) Bring them to a one day collection event

3) Follow directions to place in trash:

     a) Keep medications in its original container. Cross out the patients name or remove label

     b) Modify the medications to discourage consumption: Add water, charcoal, litter, salt, flour depending on pill or liquid.

     c) Seal and conceal. Do not conceal in food as animals may get to it.

     d) Discard in trash, not in recycling.

For more details, https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Prescription-Monitoring-Program/Proper-Disposal-of-Prescription-Drugs

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