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Alma, December 1@ 6
Mulberry, December 2@ 1
Mountainburg, December 9@ 11
Van Buren, December 9@6
Dyer, December 16@7
Cedarville, December 2@1
Tuesday, November 7@ 7 pm until finished
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This page lists general information for homeowners, communities, schools, and facilities, that can apply to many different disaster situations. Much of this information is repeated on pages about specific types of natural events or disasters. More about how EPA responds to natural disasters.
Planning – Preparing for natural disasters can greatly reduce the risks to health and the environment. Hurricanes or floods can contaminate drinking water sources. Forest fires or volcanoes harm air quality. Tornadoes or earthquakes, by damaging factories or storage facilities, can release contaminants where people live or into the environment.
Recovery – Understanding risks will help speed recovery efforts and help keep problems from becoming worse. Improper use of portable generators or heating devices can release deadly carbon monoxide to indoor air. Ice-melting agents used improperly can pollute waterways. Large amounts of debris can present serious disposal problems for state and local communities. Owners or operators of damaged facilities may be responsible for reporting spills.
People get sick or die each year from carbon monoxide or “CO” poisoning due to unsafe use of generators.
Returning home: Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings
Flood water may have high levels of raw sewage or other hazardous substances. Early symptoms from exposure to contaminated flood water may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like discomfort. Anyone experiencing these and any other problems should immediately seek medical attention.
Mosquitos can sharply increase after a flood, due to the sudden availability of standing water which they require for breeding — even very small amounts of water. As flood waters recede be sure to drain, overturn, or empty areas — no matter how small — to reduce mosquito breeding areas and help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Communities should plan ahead to handle exceptionally large amounts of disaster debris from damaged or destroyed buildings, supplies, trees or other green waste, carcasses, or other materials. Disposal problems can result from large amounts of debris but also from hazardous or toxic substances in the debris that can contaminate air, water, land, and food if not handled properly. Burning large amounts of debris to reduce volume may not be an option. More information on disaster debris.
Lead-safe work: By law, contractors need to use lead-safe work practices on emergency renovations on homes or buildings built before 1978. Activities such as sanding, cutting, and demolition can create lead-based paint hazards. Lead-contaminated dust is harmful to adults, particularly pregnant women, and children.
Asbestos: Anyone working on demolition, removal, and cleanup of building debris needs be aware of any asbestos and to handle asbestos materials properly. People exposed to asbestos dust can develop serious lung health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Although the use of asbestos has dramatically decreased in recent years, it is still found in many residential and commercial buildings and can pose a serious health risk.
During a flood, underground storage tank (UST) systems may become displaced or damaged and release their
contents into the environment, causing soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination.
EPA works with the Department of Energy to address fuel supply disruptions caused by disasters or emergencies, by issuing fuel waivers for certain fuel standards, in affected areas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively engaged in preparedness initiatives and focuses on the following weekly theme areas: family, neighborhood, workplace and school, global, and online. Also, see the CDC Caring for Children in a Disaster Web page.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asks members to take specific actions to promote pediatric emergency readiness in September. Select ideas follow:
A total of 102 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during the 2016-2017 flu season (through May 27, 2017). Even one influenza-associated pediatric death is too many. See the CDC FluView Web page and refer to the AAP/CDC What’s the Latest with the Flu messaging series.
The AAP and the CDC collected the following stories that highlight lessons learned or ste ps that doctors or families can take to improve disaster preparedness for children.