Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires! Particularly if you’re planning a Turkey Fryer Thanksgiving.
First responders face increasingly dangerous situations when they respond to calls in today’s world of growing violence. It is important that they be kept informed of emerging trends and hazardous situations they may encounter.
Many incidents grow beyond the capacity of a single agency or municipality. It is therefore beneficial for first responders to establish relationships with responders from surrounding municipalities and from as many disciplines as possible.
The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) provides responders with cutting edge trainings which increase responder knowledge and capabilities. The trainings bring together multiple disciplines from throughout western Massachusetts, fostering relationships that can be key elements to effective and timely response to emergency incidents. Personnel from local agencies train beside those from state and federal agencies benefiting all with shared knowledge of response capacities and interagency relationships.
Some highlights of WRHSAC trainings over the last year include:
- Pediatric Psychological First Aid
- Medical Management and Response to Bombing Incidents
- Advanced Tactical EMS
- Mass Casualty Incident Drill
- Response to active shooter incidents drills & full-scale exercise
WRHSAC also funds trainings for several specialized teams, such as the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, the Hazardous Materials Response Teams, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, and the newly formed Franklin County Special Response Team.
WRHSAC will continue to focus on providing quality trainings throughout the coming year. Trainings will address topics such as: command and control, communications, search & rescue operations, mass care services and more. WRHSAC will distribute information about upcoming trainings to first responders throughout western Massachusetts. Additionally, interested parties can monitor the Council’s website and Facebook page, for training announcements.
“This is a Disaster!” Well, maybe not quite, but getting the flu is also no picnic. Learn about the seasonal flu and updates for the 2016-2017 flu season.
As National Preparedness Month winds down it’s a good idea to review all your documentation on property and insurance.
FACT = People struck by lightning DO NOT carry a charge. It is safe to touch a lightning strike victim. In fact, giving first aid to lightning strike victims can save their lives.
Power outages can jeopardize the safety of refrigerated and frozen food. Keep food safe before, during and after an emergency by following these guidelines.
If a fire starts in your home, you may have only one to two minutes to escape. Your ability to get out safely depends on having working smoke alarms and planning ahead.
Summer temperatures are on the rise. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year from heat stroke. Practice Heat Safety!
Being aware of what’s coming is a big part of preparedness. Is severe weather heading your way? Receive preparedness reminders and safety information for more than 20 types of hazards with the FEMA mobile app.