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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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21 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job. Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will help prevent glass from shattering into your home. If caught outside If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately. Protecting yourself outside Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding. Be a very small target. Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible. Do not lie flat on the ground. This will make you a larger target. After the storm passes Stay away from storm-damaged areas. Listen to the radio or television for further information and instructions. If someone is struck by lightning People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call for help. Get someone to dial 911. The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned, both where they were struck and where the electricity left their body. Check for burns in both places. Being struck by lightning can also cause nervous system damage, broken bones and loss of hearing or eyesight. Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, look and care for other possible injuries. Learn first aid and CPR by taking an American Red Cross first-aid and CPR course; call your local Red Cross chapter for class schedules and fees. — Submitted by Whitfield County government

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