Emergency Supplies – Flexible Couplings http://flexiblecouplings.co.in/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 01:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/flexiblecoupling-icon-70x70.png Emergency Supplies – Flexible Couplings http://flexiblecouplings.co.in/ 32 32 Live updates: Hurricane Ian hits Florida and heads north https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/live-updates-hurricane-ian-hits-florida-and-heads-north/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/live-updates-hurricane-ian-hits-florida-and-heads-north/

The latest on Hurricane Ian:

SANIBEL, Fla. – The death toll in the United States from Hurricane Ian has risen to a total of four after an official said late Thursday that two people had been confirmed dead on a hard-hit barrier island on the west coast of Florida.

Sanibel City Manager Dana Souza said the deaths were confirmed by firefighters, but provided no further details. A local medical examiner’s office said it could not comment and that all details of the deaths would have to come from the sheriff’s office.

In addition to the two Sanibel residents, a 38-year-old Lake County man died Wednesday in a car accident after his vehicle aquaplaned, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Medical examiners determined his death was related to the storm.

A 72-year-old man from Deltona was also confirmed dead on Thursday. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office officials said the man went out to drain his pool and fell into a ditch. He was later found dead.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS:

– Ian regains hurricane strength as he heads for South Carolina

– Many are trapped in Florida as Ian heads to South Carolina

— Florida hospitals are evacuating hundreds of patients

– Search for migrants after the sinking of a boat off the Florida Keys

— Cuba begins to turn on the lights

– Find more AP coverage here: https://apnews.com/hub/hurricanes

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other states and counties were racing against time as the sun was about to set Thursday in North Port, to help stranded families in their own homes surrounded by streets that had turned into canals.

The city was one of several cities in Florida where rescues were underway as Hurricane Ian continued to track north toward Georgia and the Carolinas.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a Thursday night news conference that there have been 700 confirmed rescues statewide as a result of the storm. “Some of the damage was almost indescribable,” he said.

Earlier in the day, DeSantis described an ongoing effort to airlift people stranded on Sanibel Island after the storm destroyed the only bridge to barrier island outside of Fort Myers. He said the state would also send additional boats to the area for rescue operations.

‘Sanibel is destruction,’ he said, adding ‘it was hit by a truly biblical storm surge, and it blew away roads, it blew away structures that weren’t new and able to withstand to that.”

DeSantis said as of 6 p.m. Thursday, more than 2.6 million people remained without power, including southwest Florida where Ian made landfall.

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FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. – The pier at Flagler Beach on Florida’s east coast suffered major damage when Hurricane Ian brought in waves that shattered much of the wooden structure. Residents captured videos and photos of the destruction Thursday afternoon as the waters rose and crashed over the pier, leaving debris on the shore.

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly told News4JAX on Thursday that he doesn’t believe the pier — which was damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias in 2020, as well as Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — would survive the impact of the storm.

Authorities have advised residents to avoid the pier for safety reasons.

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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — Christine Bomlitz, of Las Vegas, was eager to join her mother, Shirley Affolter, an 84-year-old resident of a retirement community just north of where Hurricane Ian made landfall.

She had no way of contacting her mother, who had lost her cell phone before the storm. Then his landline went down. Affolter was supposed to have left with other residents as part of an escape plan but was never picked up. So she squats down. It was too late to catch him.

Bomlitz grew distraught over the hours and as Ian’s ferocity increased. Then morning came, but still no word. Frantic, she published a call for help on social networks.

On Thursday afternoon, a Good Samaritan had waded through chest-high floodwaters in her mother’s neighborhood to do a wellness check.

“I’m grateful for this stranger,” she says, “a complete stranger. People are amazing.

Bomlitz said she and others were trying to organize a boat rescue.

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COLUMBIA, SC — Officials are warning residents of South Carolina that Hurricane Ian will be a problem for much of the state on Friday.

The storm is expected to make landfall noon Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. But the storm is so large that gusty winds, heavy rains and storm surges will arrive hours before.

Along the coast, a storm surge of 4 to 7 feet is expected, rivaling the problems created by hurricanes over the past decade. If Ian lands as a hurricane, it would be the first hurricane to hit the state since Matthew in 2016.

National Guard troops are positioned to help deal with the aftermath, including water rescues and road crews will be ready to clear the roads.

Thursday afternoon saw a steady stream of vehicles exiting Charleston on Interstate 26, with only a few heading into town.

Governor Henry McMaster did not issue an evacuation, but he said that doesn’t mean the storm isn’t dangerous.

“We know we can handle this if we use our heads and follow the rules,” McMaster said.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lee Health announced Thursday that it is evacuating all of its facilities in Lee County, where Hurricane Ian first made landfall in Florida.

President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said in a video posted online that health system structures and facilities were in good condition, but infrastructure was stretched when it came to health. water and electricity. Generators were being used at some facilities, but three of the system’s four hospitals were without water, Antonucci said.

“We cannot run a health system and a hospital without running water. It’s essential to what we do,” said Antonucci. “Not only from a patient care perspective, but also from a fire protection perspective.”

Lee Health is working with the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, as well as state and local emergency operations management agencies, to arrange for the evacuation of patients to other hospitals outside of the Lee County, officials said.

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RALEIGH, North Carolina – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged residents to be prepared for heavy rain, high winds and potential power outages as the remnants of Hurricane Ian cross the State shortly after the storm will likely make landfall again in South Carolina.

Visiting the state’s emergency operations center, the governor told a news conference Thursday afternoon that up to 17.8 centimeters of rain could fall in some areas, with the potential for landslides. of mountain terrain and statewide tornadoes.

“For North Carolina, I want to be clear: This storm can still be dangerous and even deadly,” Cooper said.

State Emergency Management Director Will Ray said widespread power outages and evacuations were not expected at this time. Still, he urged people to keep an eye out for changes in the storm’s forecast path, which could cause more problems Friday for central and coastal counties than currently expected.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Other states are sending aid to Florida after Hurricane Ian. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday he was calling for 135 National Guard members to be sent to Florida. Forty military and support vehicles will also be sent, he said.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has approved sending 245 National Guard members to Florida. The state is also responding to requests from a Family Shelter Task Force and a Hazardous Materials Team. “Louisiana knows all too well the chaos and destruction that a hurricane as strong as Ian can bring, and we will do everything we can to help our neighbors in Florida and other states affected by this storm,” Edwards said. in a press release.

Texas utility trucks headed out along Interstate 75 early Thursday to the areas of southwest Florida hardest hit by the storm.

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Carlsbad approves articles to make streets safer during emergency proclamation https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/carlsbad-approves-articles-to-make-streets-safer-during-emergency-proclamation/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 05:38:21 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/carlsbad-approves-articles-to-make-streets-safer-during-emergency-proclamation/

SAN DIEGO — Work continues to improve street safety in the city of Carlsbad with an emergency proclamation approved in August.

The emergency proclamation to make the roads safer came after two fatal bicycle crashes in August and a 233% increase in e-bike and bicycle crashes in Carlsbad since 2019.

On Tuesday evening, the city presented the city council with more than 40 ideas and more than a dozen items it has already worked on.

The city had the opportunity to vote on approving additional funding of $48 million to address all of the action items presented, but the city decided to vote on spending the $2 million already funded. and to get input from the Citizens Traffic Advisory Board and Planning Committee for advice on what they would like to see done, before sending any further funds.

“Tonight, Carlsbad City Council welcomed 44 ideas from staff and the community on ways to improve our local streets and roads,” Carlsbad City Deputy Manager Geoff Patnoe said after the Tuesday evening meeting.

The city has approved work to continue on the following, to name a few:

  • Roll for Safer Streets Together – $30.00
  • Bike Path Improvements – $421,000
  • Digital Traffic Messaging – $215,000
  • Improved app – $635,000

“I totally support the plan, what’s really exciting to me is vision zero,” said Pete Penseyres, Carlsbad resident and bike safety instructor, who says he’s already seen a change on the streets of the city. town since the proclamation and no more children in its yards.

On Tuesday, the city presented its funding on the proclamation. So far, it has spent about $350,000 of its $2 million budget for the proclamation on several items, including improved enforcement, more signage and green-painted bike lanes, to n’ to name a few.

According to Carlsbad Police data, since last month’s proclamation, the police department has issued about 881 total traffic warnings and tickets, and 187 of those have been issued to e-bike users. Police said they typically issue about 200 total warnings and citations per month.

The Carlsbad Police Department is also studying legislative efforts to help in the fight and is considering partnering with local schools for a permit program.

“If children want to use e-bikes or bicycles to and from school, the school would require them to participate in a free training program provided by the police department and officers,” said the city of Karlsbad. Police Chief Mickey Williams as he discussed ideas over the police department table.

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When can I register to vote in North Carolina? https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/when-can-i-register-to-vote-in-north-carolina/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/when-can-i-register-to-vote-in-north-carolina/

Q: Is it too early to register to vote in the 2022 general election? —C.W.

Answer: In North Carolina, the deadline to register to vote is 25 days before an election date. The 2022 general election will take place on November 8, which means that the usual deadline to register to participate in this year’s election will be October 14. After that, voters can still take advantage of same-day registration by registering and voting in person at a one-stop early voting site. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website (ncsbe.gov), voters who wish to use same-day registration must show proof of residency by presenting one of the following documents containing their current name and address. :

• North Carolina driver’s license.

• Another government-issued photo ID that includes the elector’s current name and address.

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• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing the elector’s name and address.

• A valid college/university photo ID along with proof of on-campus residence.

Voters should keep in mind that the County Board of Elections will verify voter information within two business days of registering and voting the same day. This process will include verifying electors’ addresses by mail.

One-stop early voting sites for the North Carolina general election open Oct. 20 and will run through Nov. 5. The full schedule of early voting dates, times and locations is available on the Forsyth County Board of Elections website at forsyth.cc/Elections/one_stop.aspx.

Another important date to keep in mind is the deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot. Voters who wish to vote by mail must submit a statewide absentee ballot request form by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. the online request. Once the form is completed, it can be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Forsyth County Board of Elections

Forsyth County Government Center

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101-4120

Keep in mind that forms mailed to the Board of Elections must be received at the Board of Elections office by the November 1 deadline. Forms received by mail after 5 p.m. on November 1 will not be accepted. Once the Forsyth County Board of Elections receives the mail-in ballot request, they will return a ballot to the voter by mail. The voter must complete the ballot and return it to the Forsyth County Electoral Board office in person or by mail by 5 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.

For more information on absentee voting, contact the Forsyth County Board of Elections at absentee@forsyth.cc.

Q: I thought hurricane season was almost over. Should I be worried about other potential storms? —DW

Answer: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, with the majority of storms occurring between mid-August and late October. Although the center of a hurricane is not expected to make landfall in our region, it is still important to be prepared for emergencies that may result from high winds and rains that may extend well beyond the center. of the storm. These extreme weather conditions can often cause power outages and flooding which can create dangerous and stressful situations for those who are unprepared.

The first step to preparing is to create a plan. Familiarize yourself with the emergency plans that already exist in your community. A good place to start is your county’s emergency management department. In Forsyth County, emergency and weather alerts can be found at cityofws.org. Determine your evacuation route or your community’s procedure for evacuating people who do not have private transportation to shelter or out of the danger zone. If you are receiving care at home, talk to your care manager about their emergency plan. If you live in a senior community, familiarize yourself with their emergency plans.

Then talk with family and friends about your plan and discuss options, especially if you need transportation to a safe location. Let them know your needs and ask them if they would be willing to help you. Share your plan for every eventuality. Designate one or two primary contacts to coordinate information with the rest of your circle of support. Keep a written list of your main contacts with you. Talking with your support team will help you determine a plan that’s right for you, and each will better understand how they can help you.

Another essential part of hurricane preparedness is having an emergency kit with the supplies needed to stay safe. The American Red Cross recommends packing two separate kits. The first, a “stay at home” kit includes at least two weeks worth of non-perishable food and water for each person in the house, a rechargeable battery-operated radio or crank charger with a USB port, a cell phone and charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, toilet paper, wet wipes, blanket, pet supplies and cleaning supplies.

The second kit is an evacuation kit, which is considered a “3-day bag” of supplies you would need if you had to leave your home. Like packing for a weekend, pack a set of clothes, cash, photocopies of important papers and IDs, prescription medications, and specialty pet supplies. Remember to include protective items such as hand sanitizer, face coverings, soap, and sanitizers. If you own a car, gather emergency items for your vehicle, including jumper cables, flashlight, maps, first aid kit, emergency flares, and bottled water . Many of these items may already be in your home. Take the time to see that they are in working order.

Finally, stay informed. Relief organizations like the Red Cross can open shelters if many people are affected or if the emergency is expected to last several days. Go to a shelter if your area is without electricity, floodwaters are rising, your home is badly damaged, or you are being directed by authorities. Keep your key contacts aware of your location.

Once the storm has passed, let your contacts know that you are safe. If you have lost power, unplug your electronics and major appliances to avoid damage from power surges when power is restored. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. When the cleanup begins, beware of high-pressure sales, unsolicited requests for financial information, and services provided without a contract.

For more information on hurricane preparedness in our area, please visit cityofws.org/3188/Hurricane-Preparedness or ReadyForsyth.org.

AgeWise is a weekly column compiled by the staff of Senior Services Inc., a Winston-Salem nonprofit organization. If you have a question, email agewise@seniorservicesinc.org or mail Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

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Bryan County emergency crews prepared just in case with the latest round of tropical activity https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/bryan-county-emergency-crews-prepared-just-in-case-with-the-latest-round-of-tropical-activity/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 23:12:00 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/bryan-county-emergency-crews-prepared-just-in-case-with-the-latest-round-of-tropical-activity/

BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) – While it’s unclear which areas will be impacted by the latest round of tropical activity, emergency crews in Bryan County say it’s a reminder to prepare.

“We’re ready, we’re ready, but we’re just urging citizens to be prepared and to be ready and vigilant,” Bryan County Emergency Services Director Freddy Howell said.

As attention shifts to the tropics, Bryan County emergency crews say now is the time to prepare.

“We cannot let our guard down. Right now is a time when you should go ahead and get your stuff ready, build that kit, have a kit ready, have a place to go, and don’t forget about those pets, Howell said. .

Howell said his team held readiness talks with neighboring counties. Although he says the county plan is up to date, there are parts of it that worry him.

“The population is growing. So that means the timeline to try to get everyone out of here and the roads to get everyone out of here are going to be clogged and that’s what worries me,” Howell said.

He says the county is finally prepared and is no stranger to responding to natural disasters.

Less than six months after an EF-4 tornado devastated the north end of the county, crews say they are ready to respond to large-scale natural disasters.

“We learned a lot from our tornado. Clean up and rebuild is long term and we have a lot of work, all counties are up to trying to get the community back up and running,” Howell said.

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“Saforiza Nuclear Power Plant, Temporary Suspension of External Power” – The Organization for World Peace https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/saforiza-nuclear-power-plant-temporary-suspension-of-external-power-the-organization-for-world-peace/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 06:30:43 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/saforiza-nuclear-power-plant-temporary-suspension-of-external-power-the-organization-for-world-peace/

As a series of bombings at Russia’s Japoriza nuclear power plant in Ukraine raised fears of a security mishap, Ukrainian authorities began distributing emergency iodine tablets to nearby residents in case of a possible radioactive leak. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rushes to inspect the site. Suppose potassium iodide, a stable substance, is taken in advance. In this case, it first locates in the thyroid tissue and prevents radioactive iodine from accumulating in the body when subsequently exposed to radioactive substances.

According to the Associated Press and The New York Times on the 27th, Ukrainian authorities began distributing iodine to residents living within a radius of 56 km around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the previous day. Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Riasico said: “The government does not have to buy as much as the capacity recommended by experts and live separately. The NYT estimated that about 400,000 nearby residents would be at risk if radioactive material leaked from the Japoriza nuclear power plant.

Fighting continued this month in and around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian troops in March. The Associated Press reported that fears of a radioactive disaster are growing in Ukraine, where memories of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 linger. There are also fears that if Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia explodes, the damage are ten times greater than those of the Chernobyl disaster.

On the 25th, two of the six reactors at the Japoriza nuclear power plant were temporarily shut down. A fire broke out near the nuclear plant, destroying the power lines that supply the nuclear plant. There were no accidents due to emergency power operation. Yet, if the power outage continued for more than 90 minutes, the cooling system could have shut down and caused a “core meltdown”, during which the center of the reactor would have melted. Paralysis of the cooling system also caused the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011 when the tsunami cut off electricity.

Ukraine and Russia also engaged in battle on the 27th, claiming their adversaries had bombed near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Ukrainian state-owned company Energoatom, in charge of operating the nuclear power plant, said: “The Russian army has repeatedly bombed the site of the nuclear power plant in the past 24 hours, causing damage to infrastructure and a risk of leakage of radioactive materials”. On the other hand, the Russian Ministry of National Defense claimed that “Ukrainian forces shelled the site three times in the last 24 hours”. He said: “Radiation levels at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are normal.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the IAEA to surrender early on the 26th, saying: “The situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is still dangerous. The day before, US President Joe Biden spoke with Zelensky and said, “Russia should return control of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to Ukraine and allow IAEA inspections as soon as possible.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the external power supply to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was temporarily suspended after the IAEA reported: “The IAEA inspection team is due to visit at the start of the next week. Concerns about an atomic disaster are growing after Ukraine announced the suspension of all power supplies to the Japoriza nuclear power plant.

According to Reuters on the 3rd (local time), the IAEA said on its official website that IAEA experts currently residing at the Japoriza nuclear power plant recently heard from Ukrainian employees that the external power line was briefly disconnected. However, the IAEA said it learned that the Japoriza nuclear power plant was immediately supplied with electricity by auxiliary power lines connected to nearby thermal power plants and could receive preliminary electricity if necessary.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the external power supply to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant that invaded Ukraine has been temporarily suspended. Concerns about an atomic disaster are growing after Ukraine announced it would shut down all power supplies to the Japoriza nuclear power plant.

According to Reuters on the 3rd (local time), the IAEA said on its official website that IAEA experts currently residing at the Japoriza nuclear power plant recently heard from Ukrainian employees that the external power line was briefly disconnected. However, the IAEA said it learned that the Japoriza nuclear power plant was immediately supplied with electricity by auxiliary power lines connected to nearby thermal power plants and could receive preliminary electricity if necessary.

The Russian military also claims that Ukrainian troops were hit by the bombing of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. The Russian Ministry of National Defense said: “250 Ukrainian Navy soldiers tried to cross the lake near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant at around 11 p.m. on the 2nd, but (we) stopped it.” Previously, Ukraine claimed that all power supplies to the Japorija nuclear power plant had been cut off due to Russian artillery fire. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed on the 25th of last month that the attack by the Russian army had damaged the transmission line, causing the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to shut down for the first time in history. Three of the four transmission lines that supplied electricity to the Japoriza nuclear power plant were damaged at the start of the war. Even one was destroyed by Russian artillery fire and the backup power was activated.

When the power supply to the nuclear power plant is cut off, the system that cools the reactor heated by nuclear fission is paralyzed. This leads to the “meltdown” of the reactor, which increases the risk of radiation leakage. In response, IAEA Secretary General Rafael Mariano Grossi visited the Japoriza nuclear power plant on the 3rd with 13 experts, and six experts conducted inspections there until the weekend. Two of them will remain in the country indefinitely. The IAEA will report the results of the inspectors’ security checks to the United Nations.

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Govt. Evers: Gov. Evers, DHS announces nearly $32 million in EMS flex grants, providing support to 442 EMS providers in nearly every county in Wisconsin https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/govt-evers-gov-evers-dhs-announces-nearly-32-million-in-ems-flex-grants-providing-support-to-442-ems-providers-in-nearly-every-county-in-wisconsin/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:58:50 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/govt-evers-gov-evers-dhs-announces-nearly-32-million-in-ems-flex-grants-providing-support-to-442-ems-providers-in-nearly-every-county-in-wisconsin/

HORTONVILLE – Governor Tony Evers, together with Karen Timberlake, secretary designate of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced that $32 million in flexible grants for emergency medical services (EMS ) were awarded to 442 EMS providers in nearly every county in the state. , delivering on a promise made by the Governor during his 2022 State of the State Address. During his State of the State Address, Governor Evers announced a $12 million investment in the EMS Flex grants. Governor Evers also announced today that he is investing an additional $20 million in the EMS Flex grant program based on substantial need in communities across the state, with the 442 requesting EMS service providers requesting more than $63 million. support dollars.

“For years, our local partners have been asked to do more with less, and so many communities have had to cut services like public safety in our state. Our EMS providers are often the first on the scene, providing critical care when we need it most, especially in recent years, and I know those people are burned out, Governor Evers said. “This funding is going to provide much-needed support to our EMS providers across the state to help ensure they have the tools and resources they need to meet the needs of their communities and continue their vital work. .”

During his 2022 State of the State address, Governor Evers announced that the state would provide nearly $30 million to support EMS providers across the state, especially in rural communities, for anything they need most to continue serving their communities, including staff support, training for first responders, or the purchase of new supplies, medical equipment and vehicles. This $30 million investment included $8 million in additional one-time funding for the Funding Assistance Program (FAP), which was awarded in August, as well as $12 million for this new flexible, one-time grant program. , now known as EMS. Flex Grant Program, to help fill the gap for vendors who were not otherwise eligible for FAP funding. A complete list of EMS Flex Grant winners is available here.

“These grants will provide additional support to more EMS providers, including prioritizing our rural communities to ensure they have adequate emergency response options,” said the DHS Secretary-designate. , Timberlake. “Rapid distribution of these funds in the community is a top priority so that people can get emergency medical care when they need it most.”

Additionally, the governor’s state-of-the-state announcement included $7.4 million to implement an additional 16% increase in rates for emergency transportation providers through the Wisconsin Medicaid program. , and earlier this year the governor announced an additional investment of $22 million to support the construction and expansion of fire stations. , EMS and Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program support and expansion projects, and other permanent health care infrastructure in eight communities across the state. Since February, Governor Evers has allocated more than $69 million to support EMS providers in communities across the state.

According to DHS, there are 791 Wisconsin-based EMS providers and more than 16,000 licensed providers providing prehospital emergency medical care statewide. More than 450 EMS providers are volunteer-only or operate with a combination of volunteers, part-time and full-time employees. To learn more, visit the DHS Wisconsin EMS webpage.

An online version of this press release is available here.

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Plan to increase storm threats caused by climate change – Essex News Daily https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/plan-to-increase-storm-threats-caused-by-climate-change-essex-news-daily/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:47:19 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/plan-to-increase-storm-threats-caused-by-climate-change-essex-news-daily/
Photo courtesy of NJOEM
Pictured is flooding in New Brunswick caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in September 2021.

TRENTON, NJ – As the state marks Hurricane Preparedness Month, held annually in September, and the peak of hurricane season, New Jersey State Police Superintendent and Chief of State Emergency Management Col. Patrick J. Callahan and New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette remind the public of the vital importance of preparing for increasing risks linked to these powerful storms due to climate change.

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of Super Hurricane Sandy and hurricane season begins, it’s important to remember that preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, including those with special needs,” Callahan said. “Please take time with your family and loved ones to assess your current preparedness plans, whether you need to shelter in place or evacuate. You can start by putting together an emergency kit, preparing a family bag and creating a crisis communication plan. Now is the time to prepare. »

“We are so lucky to live in a coastal state with many miles of beautiful beaches and rivers to enjoy, LaTourette said. “But we must not believe for a second that rebuilding beaches and building seawalls and dykes will shield us from all eventualities that climate change may throw at us. Weather events are becoming more extreme and unpredictable. Each of us must become smarter about the growing risks of climate change and take the necessary steps to better protect ourselves and each other.

To be better prepared for impending weather emergencies, the state OEM recommends the following: Sign up for emergency alerts on nj.gov/njoem; register as needed on the New Jersey Disaster Special Needs Registry; prepare an emergency kit, including at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medication for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies, pet supplies, any additional items for special medical needs, such as an extra pair of glasses and batteries for hearing aids, important phone numbers and car cell phone chargers; using advice from nj.gov/plan-prepare/your-kit-plan.shtml, make a family go-bag in the event of an evacuation order; and make an emergency plan.

To better prepare for increased risks from climate change, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recommends that residents purchase flood insurance; understand their flood risk; consider a buyout if a home suffers repeated and severe flood damage; and get “DEP Weather Ready” as shown at tinyurl.com/4777243t.

Resilience planning and disaster preparedness are more effective when the whole community is involved. Resilient NJ is DEP’s flagship resilience planning program and regularly provides funding opportunities for regions and municipalities to receive technical assistance in resilience planning for the benefit of the entire community.

“For homeowners, the first steps toward resilience are learning about Resilient NJ, contacting local authorities to learn about their municipality’s climate resilience planning efforts, and taking the time to see what resources can help. be available to them,” the New Jersey climate resilience officer said. says Nicolas Angarone. “The real keys to resilience are preparation and education.”

]]> The Sunshine State becomes a state of climate emergency https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/the-sunshine-state-becomes-a-state-of-climate-emergency/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:01:45 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/the-sunshine-state-becomes-a-state-of-climate-emergency/

Our nation and our planet are in a state of climate emergency. Florida is ground zero.

The challenge in Miami’s low areas is particularly well known. New analysis from Climate Central finds that if we don’t take action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, Miami Beach will have more affordable housing at risk from rising sea levels by 2050 than any other city. from Florida.

The risk, however, looms over the entire state. Of all the coastal states in the lower 48 countries, Florida has the most homes at risk of chronic flooding over the next 30 years. And Florida is one of the top three states that will see the biggest increase in extreme heat.

The Sunshine State has long attracted a steady stream of new residents and visitors seeking its outdoor charms. Unfortunately, the increasingly serious consequences of the environmental threat do not occur in a distant decade, but are already impacting our way of life, from the drinking water we depend on to the disappearing wildlife and biodiversity. around us.

The longer the climate crisis goes unchecked, the less Florida we will have. It’s a harsh reality.

Moreover, to suggest that we have to choose between protecting the environment and our wallets is a false narrative. Indeed, Floridians, especially communities of color who are on the front lines of this crisis, continue to pay more for inaction.

The average annual cost of a property insurance policy in Florida is nearly double what it is in the rest of the country, in part due to estimated hurricane losses. According to the Insurance Information Institute, so far in 2022, statewide home insurance premiums are up nearly 25% from a year ago. In fact, catastrophic hurricane losses have driven most major national insurers out of the Florida property insurance market for the past few decades.

However, the problems associated with extreme heat and rising sea levels go beyond economics. Risks include an increase in saltwater intrusion, which not only contaminates drinking water supplies, but also affects freshwater marshes that are home to endangered species.

In addition, the climate crisis presents health hazards that affect all Floridians, especially outdoor workers who, in the coming decades, are expected to face nearly $8.4 billion in total annual income in the future. risk due to extreme heat if we do not reduce heat-trapping emissions. .

The time for action is long overdue, and we must act with urgency and agency. Protecting our natural resources, our homes, our businesses, and the health and lives of current and future generations should not be a partisan issue.

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Even if the impacts are disastrous, the climate crisis is a race we can and must win. We already have the technology and the resources to tackle the climate emergency. The Sunshine State can be energy independent and lead the clean energy revolution that is already underway. Passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the recent Cut Inflation Act can fund the decarbonization demanded by science; we just need to rally the will.

The government cannot solve the problem alone, but it must play a leading role in allowing clean energy technologies and innovation to thrive while limiting the harmful effects of pollution from global warming. and uncontrolled environmental degradation.

We must seize these investment opportunities and put the state on a clean, renewable energy path to help limit the future frequency of algal blooms or extreme weather events like heat waves that affect so many Floridians. We need to set a goal now to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, with an intermediate goal focused on increasing energy efficiency and intensifying solar power on Floridian-owned rooftops. by 2025 – an idea that should be a no-brainer in a privileged state with abundant sunshine all year round.

We must act quickly – or we risk turning the Sunshine State into a state of climate emergency.

Yoca Arditi-Rocha, Executive Director of the CLEO Institute; Thais Lopez Vogel, co-founder and administrator of the VoLo Foundation; and Dr. Rachel Licker, Senior Climatologist, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Sign the petition to put Florida on a clean renewable path by visiting https://bit.ly/FLClimateEmergency.

“The Invading Sea” is the opinion arm of the Florida Climate Reporting Network, a collaboration of news organizations across the state focusing on the threats posed by global warming.

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Chehalis City Council roundup: September declared National Preparedness Month; Subdivision code changes and budget changes discussed https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/chehalis-city-council-roundup-september-declared-national-preparedness-month-subdivision-code-changes-and-budget-changes-discussed/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 23:21:00 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/chehalis-city-council-roundup-september-declared-national-preparedness-month-subdivision-code-changes-and-budget-changes-discussed/

By Owen Sexton /owen@chronline.com

Chehalis City Council issued a proclamation at its regular meeting early Monday evening to declare September National Preparedness Month.

Chehalis Mayor Tony Ketchum said the proclamation was made to help the city better prepare for natural disasters, which will allow for faster and better responses.

“National Preparedness Month gives every resident of the community the opportunity to prepare their home, business and neighborhood for any type of emergency. Investing in preparing ourselves, our families, our businesses and our communities can reduce deaths and economic devastation in our cities, Ketchum said.

He urges residents to use the month of September to create emergency plans and kits for the different types of natural disasters seen in Lewis County and to sign up for Lewis County Emergency Alerts. To sign up for alerts, visit https://lewiscountywa.gov/departments/emergency-management/lewis-county-alert/.

Next Proclamation, Tammy Baraconi, Chehalis Planning and Building Manager, spoke to council about the first reading of the new changes to the subdivision code.

“The reason we’re looking to update the code is that there was missing code, the language of how to deal with boundary line adjustments,” Baraconi said.

According to Baraconi, there were also redundancies and clarifications were needed on how to deal with short flats, subdivisions, boundary line adjustments and constraining site plans. Several public hearings and workshops were held as well as workshops with the council before getting the code at this stage.

“We are at the final stage of requesting the codification of the subdivision code,” Baraconi said.

Although some council members had questions, they agreed to meet later to discuss them and come back with the appropriate adjustments made for the second reading of the ordinance at the next meeting.

The draft subdivision code can be viewed here https://www.ci.chehalis.wa.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/building_and_planning/page/1048/subdivision_code_draft_8-5-2022.pdf.

A second Chehalis’ fiscal year 2022 budget amendment was also read at first reading by Chehalis’ chief financial officer, Chun Saul. Key changes include increases in revenue projections caused by changes in pool admission fees and interest income from investments.

According to Saul, additional appropriations are also on the way, as supply and fuel costs have increased with inflation and exceeded original budget projections. Overall, the realized revenue increase is $878,380, of which approximately $485,900 is expected to come from sales tax increase revenue.

Sales taxes collected to date have exceeded the eight-month target amount by 8.7%, so the proposed change in the revenue amount corresponds to this percentage.

Saul said the increase in appropriations is $337,480, not only due to increased supplies and the cost of fuel, but also various additional department budget items. The parks department and other facilities also needed unforeseen repairs that had not originally been budgeted for.

At the end, Saul said the expenses would increase by $467,960.

The budget changes and code changes will receive a second reading at the next Chehalis City Council meeting on September 26.

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On the second day of the water emergency in Mansfield, residents came for bottled water | Local News https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/on-the-second-day-of-the-water-emergency-in-mansfield-residents-came-for-bottled-water-local-news/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://flexiblecouplings.co.in/on-the-second-day-of-the-water-emergency-in-mansfield-residents-came-for-bottled-water-local-news/

MANSFIELD — A second day into the city’s water emergency, residents turned out in droves Monday at the public works facility near East Street to collect a crate of free water.

A steady stream of cars were directed by police in and out of the facility after it opened at 2 p.m.

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