Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
August 3 & 4, 2019
8AM – 5PM
Linn County Fairgrounds
201 Central City Rd, Central City, IA
Take Health Precautions During Hot Weather
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2019
Linn County Public Health Linn County Emergency Management
Contact: Julie Stephens Contact: Tom Ulrich
Phone: 319.892.6000 Phone: 319.892.6500
LINN COUNTY, IA – With the anticipation of high heat and humidity over the next few days, Linn County Public Health would like to remind our residents to drink plenty of fluids and keep cool to protect their health. All residents, even the young and healthy, can suffer from heat-related illness if they are active or unable to cool down during hot weather. Individuals seeking relief from the heat are encouraged to stay indoors or visit air-conditioned public facilities such as libraries, shopping malls, or churches to cool down.
Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Although anyone can suffer from the effects of extreme heat, people at greatest risk include:
- People age 65 and older
- Young children and infants
- Overweight individuals
- Outdoor workers or people who exercise outside
- People with chronic conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure
- People who take prescription medications that impair the body’s ability to sweat or regulate temperature
To protect your health during extreme heat, remember to follow these tips:
- Stay indoors, preferably in air-conditioned areas
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Avoid alcoholic or sugary drinks which can dehydrate the body
- Wear appropriate clothing including hats and apply sunscreen regularly
- Limit outdoor activity and try to avoid midday heat. If you chose to exercise outside, do so earlier or later in the day when the temperature outside is cooler
- Do not leave children or pets in cars
- Seek medical attention if you or someone else appears ill, overheated, dizzy, nauseated, weak, or disoriented
A list of public cooling centers options can be found at http://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2132/Heat-Relief-Locations
For more information about being safe in extreme heat, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html
About Linn County Public Health: Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves nearly 220,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. More information about Linn County Public Health is available online at http://www.linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.
Linn County EMA meets with Future City
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This year’s theme involves building and power grid that can withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Linn County Receives Designation as a StormReady Community
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – June 5, 2018 – The Linn County Emergency Management Agency Commission was presented the 2018 StormReady designation on June 4 at a ceremony at the Linn County Emergency Management Agency.
This designation signifies that the plans, protocols and procedures are in place to warn our communities and prepare them for potential extreme weather and water events. To receive the StormReady designation a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
“Being designated a StormReady community means we have the appropriate warning measures in place to keep our residents and Linn County safe. We are part of a group of counties and agencies teamed together to act on our mission of preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating major emergencies,” said Linn County EMA Coordinator Steve O’Konek.
Accepting the award for the Commission was EMA Chair Brian Gardner and Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill, who is a commission member and Vice Chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Presenting the award from the National Weather Service office located in the Quad Cities was Stephen Kuhl, Donna Dubberke and Rich Kinney.
For more information about the StormReady program visit: www.weather.gov/stormready
Do you know where to go during a nuclear event?
Thank you KCRG for helping to get the word out about the areas Emergency Action Plan! If you don’t have your phone book you can also download/save/print the plan Here. Also remember to tune to EAS stations (96.5 FM and 600 AM) and local media for additional information in any emergency
There are many aspects to being ready for a disaster including participating in emergency drills and building emergency supply kits. But have you ever considered the importance of being financially ready?
The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and Citizen Corps, can help you prepare now. Having adequate insurance, a plan to pay your bills and access to your important records and accounts will help you get back on your feet faster.
The EFFAK offers a collection of resources to download, such as:
- The 2015 EFFAK in English, Spanish, and a reader enabled English version that can be filled out online
- An EFFAK overview PowerPoint presentation in English and Spanish.
- EFFAK checklists and forms in standard and reader enabled/fillable versions.
Financial preparedness is one of the many ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign for action to get families, organizations, and entire communities better prepared for emergencies.
As part of the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign, we invite you to register your preparedness action at www.ready.gov/prepare.
Linn County Public Notification System
Sign up here for Linn Alerts! We will notify you in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. The system provides a voice, text, and/or email alert to the number and or email address provided by you.
This is a free service provided by Linn County; however, normal messaging fees may be applied by your service provider. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. NOTE: Linn County cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient as notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone provider, email service, etc.). By registering below, you will not receive unsolicited calls, and neither the County nor its system vendor sells the contact number database.