BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS
• If dropping your child off at school, be aware of school rules regarding student drop offs, most schools ask that you do not drop off your child in the same area as the bus drop off. This is to avoid traffic congestion and helps to reduce the chance of injury to your child.
• Point out the safe places to cross the street and point out areas of danger.
• Identify bus stop locations and review and re-enforce the school bus safety rules.
• if walking to school, use bike paths and sidewalks where available. In areas where there are no sidewalks or bike paths walk along the side of the road facing traffic.
• Wear light colored clothing and avoid using headphones or other electronic devices that will distract you from traffic.
• If riding a bicycle to school and there are no bike paths, ride with traffic; if riding in the dark your bike must have a light on it. When riding your bike you should always wear a bicycle helmet.
• While at your bus stop: do not run into traffic.
• Arrive to your bus stop early.
• Never walk behind the bus.
• Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to enter or exit the bus.
• When crossing the street observe traffic, don’t rely solely on the bus lights, and watch for the signal from your bus driver to cross.
• When driving during the hours prior to school and at dismissal time be aware of traffic around the schools.
• Many schools still use school speed zones, and as a driver it is your responsibility to know where these zones are and adhere to the posted speed limit.
• In addition, several schools use Crossing Guards to assist students in crossing the street safely and rely on the motorist to stop when directed.
• All drivers when approaching a school bus that has activated its flashing red lights must stop. Be alert to children's unpredictable behavior and wait for the lights to stop flashing before beginning to move again.
HURRICANE SEASON 2014
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season began on June 1 and will end on November 30; these dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin, though the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time. However, the first storm did not develop until a month after the official start of the season.
The following names will be used for named storms that form in the Atlantic, Carribbean & Gulf of Mexico in 2014.
- Fay (unused)
- Gonzalo (unused)
- Hanna (unused)
- Isaias (unused)
- Josephine (unused)
- Kyle (unused)
- Laura (unused)
- Marco (unused)
- Nana (unused)
- Omar (unused)
- Paulette (unused)
- Rene (unused)
- Sally (unused)
- Teddy (unused)
- Vicky (unused)
- Wilfred (unused)
Hurricane Preparedness Instructions and Checklist
? Local news and weather station(s) TV & Radio: _________________________________
? Nearest hurricane shelter: __________________________________________________
? Local Police and Fire Dept: _________________________________________________
? Location of electric panel to shut off main breaker: _____________________________
? Location of water shutoff valve in case of evacuation: ____________________________
? Renters Insurance Company telephone # _______________________________________
? Landlord Telephone # to call landlord in case of evacuation: _______________________
? flash lights,
? battery powered radio,
? drinking water,
? propane camping stove, fuel
? pre-packaged nonperishable food. (Enough for 3 to 7 days),
? non-electric can opener, cooking tools.
? water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
? fully charged cell phone
? Tool set
? First Aid Kit / Prescription medications / refills /
? Pet food, if you have a pet
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
? Listen to the radio or TV for information.
? Fill your car with gasoline.
? Get cash. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be closed.
? Close all windows and storm shutters.
? Secure all lawn furniture and any other outside items that could become projectiles.
? Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to
its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
? Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
? Moor your boat if time permits.
? Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
? Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
You should evacuate under the following conditions:
? If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
? If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly
hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
? If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
? If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
? If you feel you are in danger.
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not
have one, follow these guidelines:
? Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
? Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
? Keep curtains and blinds closed.
? Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up
? Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
? Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
If you must evacuate, follow these guidelines:
? Stay updated on storm advisories
? Map out your evacuation route. Do not get on the road without knowing where you are
? Evacuate early if told you must evacuate.
? Don’t forget to bring your important documents (deed to your home, lease, etc), in
waterproof container and in plastic bags.
? Don’t forget to bring your house keys.
? Have a plan for your pet. Contact your local humane society for advice keeping your pet
safe. Remember, shelters usually do not accommodate pets.
? Notify friends and family of your plan.
? If you have special needs, you should register with a local emergency management
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2014
Sunday, 5 October 2014 thru Saturday, 11 October 2014
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