Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: July 25, 2012
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast
for July 25, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency
information officer. Coming up, learn how to stay safe in and around the
water, the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a new Disaster Damage Database
reporting tool and how to receive email news from the Fairfax County
emergency information blog. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can
be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Whether you plan to swim at a pool, beach, lake or river, know how to stay safe in the water. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S., and many of these victims are children under 15. Remember these safety tips:
Supervise young swimmers when in or around the water. Designate a
responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all
children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of
preschool children should provide “touch supervision,” meaning that
they should be close enough to reach the child at all times.
Use the buddy system.
Learn to swim and learn CPR.
Avoid alcohol use.
Remember that air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices.
- Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating.
In just a couple of months, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m., individuals and communities throughout five states and the District of Columbia will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the recommended response in the event of an earthquake. The Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill comes on the heels of the one year anniversary of the Aug. 23, 2011, 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in Mineral, Va., and was felt across more than a dozen U.S. states and in several Canadian provinces. Schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and households are encouraged to participate in this inaugural earthquake drill. More than 1 million people are expected to take part. The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is your chance to practice what to do during an earthquake and to learn how to be better prepared for a quick recovery. To get started, visit www.shakeout.org/southeast and pledge to have your family, school, business or organization participate. Once registered, you will receive information on how to plan your drill and how to engage your community to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters. That address again is www.shakeout.org/southeast.
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management has launched a new Disaster Damage Database reporting tool. The online tool is designed to allow county residents to report damage caused by emergencies like hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes, fires, snow or other disasters — even the derecho that struck Fairfax County and the region on Friday evening, June 29.The online database is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/disasterreport/. For more information, email OEM at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 571-350-1000.
Finally, did you know that you can get every article from the emergency information blog sent to you by email, or as an RSS? Just go to the site – www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog -- and enter your email address in the “subscribe by email” box and you’ll receive an email with the latest news/information. These emails will come from wordpress.com and not fairfaxcounty.gov, so be sure to add the address to your whitelist of approved email addresses. You can also visit the blog regularly for the latest preparedness information: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog.
That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.