Month: March 2017

Code Red Reminder!

Have you heard of the CodeRED system? It is a mass-notification system that can notify residents by phone, text, email, and through a smartphone app. If you have a landline, your phone number is updated in the system every November. If you don’t have a landline, would like to update information, or to receive emergency notifications by other means, fill out this form. This system is only used for emergency communications.

https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/5A0AA8D606C6

Flooding Press Release #2

Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
pio@lcwy.org
AFTON, Wyoming – The National Weather Service in Riverton, WY has issued a Flood Warning for all of Lincoln County as of late Wednesday. Salt River tributaries along the West side of Star Valley are rising significantly due to higher temperatures in the past week, and also precipitation both in the valley and surrounding mountains. Flooding has also begun near Cokeville.
Crow Creek has begun flooding low-lying areas in and around Fairview. Water levels have risen dramatically in the last few days. Flooding is encroaching upon roadways in the surrounding area, and nearing structures in the area as well. Tincup and other West-side tributaries of the Salt River are also fast becoming bank-full and beginning to flood surrounding areas. The Bear River, near Cokeville, has also begun flooding West of town, and also downstream towards Border. Residents in all areas of the County are encouraged to stay vigilant and ensure that preparations have been made to mitigate potential damage to homes, other structures, and equipment.
In coming days and weeks, as warmer temperatures begin to affect the upper elevations, this can dramatically increase flow rates in rivers and streams, potentially well above current levels. Waterways are being monitored continuously for flood risk in populated areas. Significant amounts of snow still remain in the flat areas along the valley floor in Star Valley. Many areas also have significant amounts of standing water in fields, due to snowmelt and precipitation. Residents should prepare for additional flooding along these waterways, and possibly at levels that have not been seen in recent years. Runoff season has only begun, and additional flooding is expected.
Lincoln County Emergency Management is focused primarily on critical infrastructure protection, but will also make resources available for local residents to help protect their own homes. We are also coordinating with local municipalities to ensure that needed resources are on hand.
There are currently no reports of homes directly affected by flooding waterways, but many homes and other structures lie in areas of risk. Early preparation is key to mitigating flood impact to residential areas.
Stay informed
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring the National Weather Service – Riverton forecast office (www.weather.gov/riw),local radio stations, and social media (https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountyOHS/). Lincoln County Emergency Management will give updates as situations change throughout the area.
Prepare your home
If you know that you are at risk of flooding, take actions to protect your home and property before the flooding begins. Move equipment and valuable items to higher ground, create barriers, and have flood insurance if you live in the floodplain. Have supplies and tools on hand to make additional provisions if needed. Ultimate responsibility for homes and property lies with the owner.
Be aware of alert systems
In emergency situations, notification is critical. Lincoln County currently has mass-call capability through a system called CodeRED, which allows us to notify people of urgent or emergent situations via phone, text, email, and through CodeRED app alerts. If you have a landline, your numbers are automatically added to the system once a year. If you need alerts on a cell phone, or other devices, go to our website (www.lcwy.org) and click on the “CodeRED” button to enter your cell phone or email information.
Another great source for emergency alerts is NOAA Weather Radio Public Alerts. If you have a weather radio with the Public Alert function, it can lie dormant until an alert is issued, at which time it will set off a tone and provide a warning message. This system is utilized not only for weather alerts, but also for other emergencies like Amber Alerts, Boil water orders, etc. For any questions, contact Lincoln County Emergency Management.
If you are affected by flooding
If flooding occurs in basements, pumps may be used to force water back outside your home, and to mitigate further damage to property. Channel water away from your home by digging trenches or using barriers. If you live inside a municipality, contact your local government leaders and notify them of the situation in your area. For residents living outside municipalities, or for any special needs situations or questions, please contact Lincoln County Emergency Management.
Report flooding through Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at: (307)885-5231 (Star Valley Area) or (307)877-3971 (Cokeville, Kemmerer, LaBarge Areas).
Sandbags are available for public use by contacting us through LCSO dispatch in your area.
Definitions:
Advisory – An advisory is an informational statement. Advisories give a “heads up” to help you know what may be possible in the short term so that you can take it into account when planning your daily activities.
Watch – A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a significant weather event. When a watch is in effect, you should prepare yourself for in case action needs to be taken during an event.
Warning – Warnings are issued when a severe weather event is occurring or is imminent. This signifies the time to take immediate action.
For additional information, contact:
Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
pio@lcwy.org
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Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Contact: Kim Deti, Wyoming Department of Health

Phone: 307-777-6001

Contact: Wyoming Poison Center

Phone: 303-520-9591 or email denverhealthmedia@dhha.org

 

Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

 

Keeping the Wyoming Poison Center number handy can help families stay safe and prevent poison-related tragedies, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.

 

Wyoming Poison Center help can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222. “We want people to keep this number visible in their homes and workplaces and to also consider programming it into their phones,” said Andy Gienapp, WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services manager.

 

Shireen Banerji, Wyoming Poison Center clinical manager, said “Poisonings can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. We assume most poisonings happen to children who accidentally swallow something, and, yes, there are plenty of those situations. But adults can be poisoned at home or work by chemicals, pesticides, cleaners, bites and stings, medications and food.”

 

“Poison prevention requires vigilance from all members in the household and extended family, including babysitters, nannies and teachers,” Banerji said.

 

The Wyoming Poison Center handled more than 5,000 cases in 2016.

 

The WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services supports funding for Wyoming Poison Center services.  The center is part of the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (RMPDC), located in Denver.

 

Gienapp noted poisonings are the leading cause of death by injury. Related facts include:

  • Most poisoning deaths are due to misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs.
  • In 2015, about 57 percent of all exposure cases involved pharmaceuticals. Other exposures were to household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide and many other types of non- pharmaceutical substances.
  • Ingestion was the exposure route in almost 84 percent of 2015 cases. People were also exposed through the lungs, skin, eyes and other routes.

 

For additional poisoning prevention tips and resources, visit the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center website at www.rmpdc.org.

 

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