Health and Safety Podcast: July 14, 2010

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Learn about an information workshop on the county’s pre-disaster recovery plan, ways to stay safe in the summer heat and Virginia’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide.

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Health and Safety Podcast: July 14, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />July 14, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />July 14, 2010:<br />Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan information workshop.<br />Summer heat safety.<br />Virginia’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide.<br />
  3. 3. Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan<br />Information workshop:<br />Wednesday, Aug. 4; 9 to 11:30 a.m.<br />McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Building, 4890 Alliance Drive in Fairfax.<br />Call 571-350-1010 with any questions. <br />To register and for more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/pdrp.<br />
  4. 4. Summer Heat Safety<br />Drink plenty of fluids — two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.<br />Do not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages – they dehydrate the body. <br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  5. 5. Summer Heat Safety<br />Stay in an air-conditioned area, if you can. <br />Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. <br />Libraries, community and recreation centers, and senior centers offer an air-conditioned getaway. <br /> <br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  6. 6. Summer Heat Safety<br />Plan outdoor activities around the heat:<br />If you must go outside, go before noon or at night when it's cooler. <br />Avoid strenuous physical activities or reschedule them for the coolest part of the day, usually early morning.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  7. 7. Summer Heat Safety<br />Give your body a break: <br />Heat is stressful; limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.<br />Eat light meals:<br />Avoid high-protein foods; they increase metabolic heat.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  8. 8. Summer Heat Safety<br />Don’t take salt tablets unless directed by a physician.<br />Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.<br />Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Sunburn makes it more difficult for your body to cool off.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  9. 9. Summer Heat Safety<br />Never leave children or pets unattended in a car. <br />Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes; approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/summer<br />
  10. 10. Hurricane Evacuation Guide<br />Available at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.<br />Includes information on:<br />Evacuation routes.<br />Effects of storm surge on coastal areas.<br />Bridge, tunnel and ferry closure plans.<br />Hurricane watches and warnings.<br />Personal emergency preparedness and making a family emergency plan. <br />
  11. 11. Additional Information<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency<br />9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.<br />703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.<br />

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